I notice that most of the Microsoft SQL Server installations have a 'Binn' folder, e.g.

\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\Binn

This has always bugged me. Is this merely a misspelled abbreviation for binary? Perhaps it is related to the village in the Swiss Alps? Any ideas? :)

  • interesting question, but probably not the place to get is answered! – Nick Kavadias Sep 23 '10 at 12:33
  • I have a C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Bin as well as a C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\Binn! – stuartd Sep 23 '10 at 13:46

The BINN directory was originally for the 32bit utilities and the BIN directory was for 16bit utilities.

Microsoft is slowly reclaiming the BIN directory though.

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  • And N'string' is for unicode. So, I guess an extraneous N always means "one more order-of-magnitude than you are used to." – mfinni Sep 24 '10 at 20:57
  • I'm looking for a copy of SQL Server 6.5 or earlier so I can get a file list of the BIN vs. BINN directory. I know I still have a copy somewhere. I will probably need to install NT 4 as well. Should be an interesting little project. – Wayne Arthurton Sep 27 '10 at 14:57

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