‘%.*ls’ is not a valid XML Index name because it starts with ‘%c’ character. XML Index name should not start with ‘#’ or ‘@’

Error Message:
Msg 6337, Level 16, State 201, Line 1
‘%.*ls’ is not a valid XML Index name because it starts with ‘%c’ character. XML Index name should not start with ‘#’ or
‘@’

Severity level:
16.

Description:
This error message appears when you try to create a XML index with an invalid name.

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

Resolution:
Errors of the Severity Level 16 are generated by the user and can be fixed by the SQL Server user. The statement cannot be executed this way. XML index names cannot start with the special characters ‘#’, and ‘@’. You must remove these characters from the start of the index name.

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

Example(s):
USE tempdb;
GO
IF OBJECT_ID(‘tempdb..#t’) > 0
 DROP TABLE #t
GO
CREATE TABLE #t
(
 id INT PRIMARY KEY,
 c1 XML
)
GO
CREATE PRIMARY XML INDEX #IX_XML_t_c1
    ON #t(c1);
GO

Remarks:
In the above example we try to create a XML index named #IX_XML_t_c1. This raises the error.




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