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    Default "error looking up row in database" from Database Lookup step

    I have an ETL where I'm only adding new rows. I did this with 3 steps (1) Table Input on source -> (2) Database Lookup on target (so that I only pass the new rows) -> (3) Table output on target.

    I'm getting "error looking up row in database" / "Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'FROM'" from the Database Lookup step.

    That seems like a really bad error message, since I'm not writing any syntax!! Maybe a bug?? How can I get this to work?

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    You didn't select a field to return from the database lookup step.

    so in effect, you're saying:
    select from Total_ExtCost_history where metric_name={metric_name} and date_filled={date_filled}

    if you add something like ID to the values to return, and then filter on that field (no value -> new record) then you can pass onwards to insert.
    I'm no expert.
    Take my comments at your own risk.

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