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Article ID: 271945 - Last Review: January 16, 2015 - Revision: 3.2

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BUG #: 235489 (SHILOH_bugs)
BUG #: 58322 (SQLBUG_70)


When you run a SQL Agent job that appends text to an existing output file from a different step type (for example, CmdExec to a previous job of a different type, such as, Transact-SQL), the CmdExec step adds garbled characters to the end of the output file.


This behavior is caused by a problem with the Unicode output of the SubSystems of SQL Agent.


To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290211  ( ) INF: How to Obtain the Latest SQL Server 2000 Service Pack


Specify separate output files in the job steps and optionally concatenate them together in an additional last step by using code similar to:
 copy file1 + file2


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 1.


This problem does not occur when you append output from the same job step types. This problem typically occurs when the operating system command (CmdExec) job is combined with other job types such as a Transact- SQL script, where each job type sends their output to the same file.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
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