Unclosed quotation mark before the character string ‘%.*ls’.

Error Message:
Server: Msg 105, Level 15, State 1, Line n
Unclosed quotation mark before the character string ‘%.*ls’.

Severity level:
15.

Description:
This error message indicate a not correctly formatted string. Strings in SQL Server must always be enclosed in single quotation marks. If there are single quotation marks within the string itself, they need to be duplicated to yield a valid string.

Consequences:
The SQL statement cannot be parsed and further execution is stopped.

Resolution:
Errors of the severity level 15 are generated by the user and can be fixed by the SQL Server user.

Versions:
All versions of SQL Server.

Example(s):
SELECT ‘Hello
SELECT ‘Hello”’ World”’

Remarks:
When the above examples are directly entered into Query Analyzer or Management Studio, sometimes it helps to watch out for the coloring of the statement to quickly localise the error. In the standard color scheme, string are marked in red. Typically more work is required in case of dynamically build statements.




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