error, string or binary data would be truncated when trying to insert

I am running data.bat file with the following lines:

Rem Tis batch file will populate tables

cd\program files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL
osql -U sa -P Password -d MyBusiness -i c:\data.sql

The contents of the data.sql file is:

   insert Customers
            (CustomerID, CompanyName, Phone)
             Values('101','Southwinds','19126602729')

There are 8 more similar lines for adding records.

When I run this with start > run > cmd > c:\data.bat, I get this error message:

1>2>3>4>5>....<1 row affected>
Msg 8152, Level 16, State 4, Server SP1001, Line 1
string or binary data would be truncated.

<1 row affected>

<1 row affected>

<1 row affected>

<1 row affected>

<1 row affected>

<1 row affected>

Also, I am a newbie obviously, but what do Level #, and state # mean, and how do I look up error messages such as the one above: 8152?


Answer



Whenever you see the message….

string or binary data would be truncated

Think to yourself… The field is NOT big enough to hold my data.

Check the table structure for the customers table. I think you’ll find that the length of one or more fields is NOT big enough to hold the data you are trying to insert. For example, if the Phone field is a varchar(8) field, and you try to put 11 characters in to it, you will get this error.

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