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Resolving a query error

SQL Server Development expert Greg Low troubleshoots a WHERE clause error within a query.

Can you tell me what is wrong with this query? I'm getting the following error:

Server: Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 3 Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'where'.

Here's the T-SQL insert Into tbl_ScannedFiles (Folder, Path, FilName, DMIS, Loc, LName, SSN, PatCat, RegNbr) Values '\21cshfolder', '\fullpath', 'FileName', '0109', 'IZ', 'TATE', '475527006', 'A99', '1234567') where NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM tbl_ScannedFiles WHERE FilName = 'FileName')

You can't put a WHERE clause on an INSERT statement after a VALUES clause. Change it to this structure:

IF NOT EXISTS(…..) INSERT INTO … VALUES(…) View questions and answers from all of our SQL Server experts here.

This was last published in March 2006

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