Cannot bulk load. The file “%ls” does not exist.

Error Message:
Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 6
Cannot bulk load. The file “%ls” does not exist.

Severity level:
16.

Description:
This error message appears when you try to bulk load data from a non-existing file.

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. The file must exist before before you can bulk load data.

Versions:
All versions of SQL Server.

Example(s):
IF OBJECT_ID (‘dbo.t’) IS NOT NULL
    DROP TABLE dbo.t;
GO
CREATE TABLE dbo.t
(
    c1 int
);

BULK INSERT
    dbo.t
FROM
    ‘C:nonexistingfile.txt’
WITH
(
    FIELDTERMINATOR =’ |’,
    ROWTERMINATOR =’ |n’
)

Remarks:
In the above example we try to bulk load data from a non-existing file. This raises the error.



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