Invalid PERCENT tablesample size “%f” for table “%.*ls”. The PERCENT tablesample size must be between 0 and 100.

Error Message:
Msg 476, Level 15, State 0, Line 1
Invalid PERCENT tablesample size “%f” for table “%.*ls”. The PERCENT tablesample size must be between 0 and 100.

Severity level:
15.

Description:
This error message appears when you try to use an invalid percent value in the TABLESAMPLE clause.

Consequences:
The T-SQL statement can be parsed, but causes the error at runtime.

Resolution:
Error of the Severity Level 15 are generated by the user and can be fixed by the SQL Server user. The statement cannot be executed this way. The value for the percentage used in the TABLESAMPLE clause must be between 0 and 100.

Versions:
This error message was introduced with SQL Server 2005.

Example(s):
SELECT *
  FROM Northwind.dbo.Orders
 TABLESAMPLE (-1 PERCENT);

Remarks:
In the above example we try to use a negative percentage value in the TABLESAMPLE claus. This raises the error.




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