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Re: SQL server utility not working when invoked(from a application) using cygwin

Chris J. Breisch wrote:

Can you give more specifics on how it fails? And is it possible for you
to upgrade to a more recent version of Cygwin? I'm doing almost all of
this except for the part, and I have no problems. I do this at
work, and I'm not at the office right now. It's possible I quote the
arguments differently. I can check in the morning. I also use Windows
authentication and not SQL authentication, but that shouldn't matter. In
fact, of the two, SQL authentication is the way less likely to cause

I checked on what I'm doing in my script. Here's an exact line of code from my shell script:
   ${SQLCMD} -E -d ${_db} -S ${_server} -o ${_dosOutput} -Q "${_query}"

Where the variables are defined as follows:
_db=<database name>
_server=<server name>
_dosOutput=<output file name>
_query=<query string>

Note that I'm not using bash redirection, but the sqlcmd option to send output to a file. The -E tells sqlcmd to use Windows Authentication (actually it uses impersonation, which has it's own set of quirks, but that's not an issue for you), rather than using the -U and -P options as you are.

I did notice that in your original post you said -Q "sp_helpuser abc". I doubt that this is the problem, but -Q "exec sp_helpuser abc" is preferred. In my case, I'm not calling a stored procedure but passing an actual SQL select, insert, or update to sqlcmd. That shouldn't make any difference, though.

I also recently had a problem executing something with sqlcmd, as I mistyped "-S" as "-s". I didn't notice that tiny typo for hours and pulled out quite a bit of hair. Make sure the case is correct for all your options.

Without additional details on what is or isn't happening, this is as much assistance as I can provide.

Chris J. Breisch

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