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Search Inside an ASCII File from T-SQL
  • First validate the file exists.
  • Then look for the text within.
  • /* SearchFile.sql:  
          Search within a file on the HardDrive and return a record 
          set of the lines found within the file based on the search criteria.
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    DECLARE @Error INT, @i INT
    -- I'm creating a temp array, NOT a Temp table. This is in memory vs HD.
    -- The reason I'm creating this table is if you dont you see the records sets 
    -- each time you call anything. I'm wanting to mask that and only display what
    -- I want shown.
    DECLARE @dbData TABLE (i INT IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, data VARCHAR(7000))
    -- Check to see if file exists
    EXEC master..xp_fileexist 'C:\WINDOWS\win.ini', @i out
    IF @i=1 BEGIN -- 1 = file exists, 0 = file does not exist
         -- Find text inside of file..
         INSERT INTO @dbData EXEC @Error = master..xp_cmdshell 'c:\windows\system32\find.exe /N /I "mail" C:\WINDOWS\win.ini'
         -- 0 = "mail" found in win.ini, 1 = "mail" was not found in win.ini
         IF @Error=0 BEGIN
              -- SQL always puts the first and last line as a null, then on the 
              -- second line puts the "----" trailing with the file name "win.ini"
              DELETE FROM @dbData WHERE data IS NULL OR data LIKE '----------%'
              -- Since this is a single string, above the /N means to give me Line numbers of where it was found.
              -- I'll split that up from the actual text so to show two columns, 'Line #', 'Text'.
              SELECT SUBSTRING(data, 2, CHARINDEX(']', data)-2), SUBSTRING(data, CHARINDEX(']', data)+1, LEN(data)) FROM @dbData
         END ELSE
              SELECT 'Error Code', @Error -- Should always be 1. Codes are only 0 or 1