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Microsoft KB Archive/172628

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BUG: Web Assistant Stored Procedure Requires an Output Parameter

Article ID: 172628

Article Last Modified on 10/3/2003


  • Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172628

BUG #: 17176 (WINDOWS: 6.5)


Within the Web Assistant, when a stored procedure is chosen as the query to use for the Web page, the following message may be returned:

The selected stored procedure requires an output parameter, which cannot be supplied. Please select a different stored procedure.


The SQL script that has the CREATE PROCEDURE command has some comments above it, and a word that begins with the string "output" exists within the comments section. The following is an example of such a script:

   Use pubs

   If exists (select * from sysobjects where id = object_id ('myproc'))
       drop procedure myproc

   /* Comments with the string output(s) */ 
   create procedure myproc as
      select * from authors


To work around this problem, do either of the following:

  • Ensure that no word begins with "output" in the comments section above the CREATE PROCEDURE statement
  • Use the sp_makewebtask procedure. The following is an example of this workaround:

       exec sp_makewebtask @outputfile='C:\WEB.HTML',@query='exec dbo.myproc
       @HTMLheader=2,@username='dbo',@dbname='pubs',@webpagetitle='SQL Server
       Web Assistant',@resultstitle='Query Results',@whentype=1,@maketask=1,


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft SQL Server Version 6.5. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

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