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The RAISERROR statement is used to produce an ad hoc error message or to retrieve a custom message that is stored in the sys.messages table. You can use this statement with the error handling code presented in the previous section to implement custom error messages in your applications. The syntax of the statement is shown here.

RAISERROR ({msg_id |msg_str }{,severity ,state }
[ ,argument [ ,,...n ] ] ))
[ WITH option [ ,,...n ] ]

A description of the components of the statement follows.
msg_id :-The ID for an error message, which is stored in the error column in sysmessages.
msg_str :-A custom message that is not contained in sysmessages.
severity :- The severity level associated with the error. The valid values are 0–25. Severity levels 0–18 can be used by any user, but 19–25 are only available to members of the fixed-server role sysadmin. When levels 19–25 are used, the WITH LOG option is required.
state A value that indicates the invocation state of the error. The valid values are 0–127. This value is not used by SQL Server.


USE tempdb
@Column2 int =NULL
DECLARE @ErrorMsgID int
INSERT NonFatal VALUES (@Column2)
SET @ErrorMsgID =@@ERROR
IF @ErrorMsgID <>0
RAISERROR ('An error occured updating the NonFatal table',10,1)


SELECT * FROM sys.messages return result in 11 different languages (total rows would be app. rows 98116)


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