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Msg 16955 – Could not create an acceptable cursor

06 March,2018 by Tom Collins

 Question: I’m getting an error when checking some new application installed with a SQL Server backend.  How can I fix? The sql code and the associated error  are below:



declare @p1 int
set @p1=0
declare @p3 int
set @p3=98305
declare @p4 int
set @p4=311300
declare @p5 int
set @p5=0
exec sp_cursoropen @p1 output,N'SELECT GetDate()',@p3 output,@p4 output,@p5 output
select @p1, @p3, @p4, @p5

Msg 16955, Level 16, State 2, Line 10
Could not create an acceptable cursor.
Msg 16945, Level 16, State 2, Procedure sp_cursoropen, Line 1 [Batch Start Line 9]
The cursor was not declared.


Answer: This error is occurring because the parameters defined mean a dynamic cursor. I’ve substituted the scroll – options (@p2)  to static or forward-only  and the concurrency option (@p4) to read-only and the error message disappears. I’d recommend you pass the code back to the developer with this information and they can work on a long-term fix

To further understand the problem – the exec sp_cursoropen is defining the SQL code relating to the cursor and the cursor options. The sp_cursoropen is similar to DECLARE_CURSOR and OPEN when managing cursors through t-sql

Read more about SQL Server – Troubleshoot open cursors with sys.dm_exec_cursors


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