In MS SQL, some queries show the following message:

"The data types varchar and ntext are incompatible in the equal operator."

The message occurs because non-integer fields are reported as NTEXT data type. On older versions of the ODBC driver, non-integer fields worked and the message was not displayed.

Steps to Reproduce


  1. Configure MS SQL with ODBC driver.
  2. Execute the following MS SQL query:

CREATE TABLE dbo.test_incident 

    short_description varchar(45) NULL, 

// the following command fails:
SELECT short_description INTO test_incident FROM incident;


MS SQL error 402: The data types ntext and varchar are incompatible in the equal to operator


Casting the field to varchar makes it work correctly, for example:

SELECT cast(short_description as varchar) INTO test_incident FROM incident;

Related Problem: PRB1110116

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Last Updated:2018-05-31 17:55:51