A Transact-SQL SELECT statement that uses a CASE function with a LIKE comparison against an empty string can fail with an access violation (AV). In some cases, this can cause SQL Server to be shut down abnormally.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:
INF: How to Obtain the Latest SQL Server 2000 Service Pack
: The following hotfix was created prior to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 1.
The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
Version File name Platform
8.00.217 S80217i.exe Intel
Due to file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains the above files may also contain additional files.
Because the problem only occurs when using LIKE with an empty string constant value (that is, ''), use the "=" operator because LIKE and "=" produce the same results if no pattern matching characters (such as "%") exist in the expression.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft SQL Server 2000. This problem was first corrected in SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 1.
The following is an example SELECT statement that will encounter this problem:
select city = CASE WHEN city like '' THEN NULL ELSE city END,
address = CASE WHEN address like '' THEN NULL ELSE address END
In this case, to work around the problem, change this query to:
select city = CASE WHEN city = '' THEN NULL ELSE city END,
address = CASE WHEN address = '' THEN NULL ELSE address END