Invalid ROWS value or REPEATABLE seed in the TABLESAMPLE clause for table “%.*ls”. The value or seed must be an integer.

Error Message:
Msg 477, Level 15, State 0, Line 1
Invalid ROWS value or REPEATABLE seed in the TABLESAMPLE clause for table “%.*ls”. The value or seed must be an integer.

Severity level:
15.

Description:
This error message appears when you try to use a value of an invalid data type for the ROWS or REPEATABLE option of 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 ROWS or REPEATABLE option must be of an INTEGER-like data type.

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

Example(s):
SELECT *
  FROM Northwind.dbo.Orders
  TABLESAMPLE (10.1 ROWS)
–oder
SELECT *
  FROM Northwind.dbo.Orders
  TABLESAMPLE (1e2 ROWS)

Remarks:
In the above example we try to use non-integer values for the ROWS option of the TABLESAMPLE clause. This raises the error.




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