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SQL Server 7.0 Undocumented Extended Stored Procedures

By Alexander Chigrik,

Introduction

In this article, I want to tell you about some useful undocumented stored procedures shipped with SQL Server 7.0.

sp_columns_rowset

This stored procedure returns the complete columns description, including the length, type, name, and so on.

Syntax

sp_columns_rowset tbname [, table_schema ] [, column_name]

where

tbname
is the table name. tbname is sysname.
table_schema
is the table schema. table_schema is sysname, with a default of NULL.
column_name
is the column name. column_name is sysname, with a default of NULL.

This is the example:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_columns_rowset 'authors'
GO

sp_fixindex

This stored procedure can be used to fix a corruption in a system table by recreate the index.

Syntax

sp_fixindex  database, systemcatalog, ind_id

where

database
is the database name. database is sysname.
systemcatalog
is the system table name. systemcatalog is sysname.
ind_id
is the index id value. ind_id is int

Note. Before using this stored procedure the database has to be in single user mode.

See this link for more information: "How can I fix a corruption in a system table?" http://www.windows2000faq.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=14051

This is the example:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_fixindex pubs, sysindexes, 2
GO

sp_MSexists_file

This stored procedure can be used to determine whether the particular file exists in the particular directory or not.

Syntax

sp_MSexists_file full_path, filename

where

full_path
is the full path to the file. full_path is nvarchar(512).
filename
is the file name. filename is nvarchar(255).

To check if file textcopy.exe exists in the C:\MSSQL7\BINN\ directory (path by default), run:

DECLARE @retcode int
EXEC @retcode = sp_MSexists_file 'C:\MSSQL7\BINN\', 'textcopy.exe'
IF @retcode = 1
  PRINT 'File Exist'
ELSE
  PRINT 'File does not Exist'

sp_MSforeachdb

Sometimes, you need to perform the same actions for all databases. You can make cursor for this purpose, but you can also use sp_MSforeachdb stored procedure in this case.

You can use this stored procedure to check all databases with DBCC CHECKDB statement:

EXEC sp_MSforeachdb @command1="print '?' DBCC CHECKDB ('?')"

sp_MSforeachtable

Sometimes, you need to perform the same actions for all tables in the database. You can make cursor for this purpose, but you can also use sp_MSforeachtable stored procedure in this case.

You can use this stored procedure to rebuild all indexes in your database. Try to schedule it to execute when your server is not very hard work.

EXEC sp_MSforeachtable @command1="print '?' DBCC DBREINDEX ('?')"

sp_MShelpcolumns

This stored procedure returns the complete schema for a table, including the length, type, name, and whether a column is computed.

Syntax

sp_MShelpcolumns tablename [, flags] [, orderby] [, flags2]

where

tablename
is the table name. tablename is nvarchar(517).
flags
flags is int, with a default of 0.
orderby
orderby is nvarchar(10), with a default of NULL.
flags
flags2 is int, with a default of 0.

To get the full columns description for the authors table in the pubs database, run:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_MShelpcolumns 'authors'
GO

sp_MShelpindex

This stored procedure returns information about name, status, fill factor, index columns names, and about used file group for the given table.

Syntax

sp_MShelpindex tablename [, indexname] [, flags]

where

tablename
is the table name. tablename is nvarchar(517).
indexname
is the index name. indexname is nvarchar(258).
flags
flags is int, with a default of NULL.

To get the indexes description for the authors table in the pubs database, run:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_MShelpindex 'authors'
GO

sp_MShelptype

This stored procedure returns many useful information about system data types and about user data types.

Syntax

sp_MShelptype [typename] [, flags]

where

typename
is the type name. typename is nvarchar(517), with a default of NULL.
flags
flags is nvarchar(10), with a default of NULL.

To get information about all built-in and user defined data types in the pubs database, run:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_MShelptype
GO

sp_MSindexspace

This stored procedure returns the size in kb, which the indexes in the particular table use.

Syntax

sp_MSindexspace tablename [, index_name]

where

tablename
is the table name. tablename is nvarchar(517).
index_name
is the index name. index_name is nvarchar(258), with a default of NULL.

To determine the space used by the indexes from the authors table in the pubs database, run:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_MSindexspace 'authors'
GO

sp_MSkilldb

This stored procedure sets database to suspect and let dbcc dbrepair to kill it. You should run this sp from the context of the master database. Use it very carefully.

Syntax

sp_MSkilldb dbname

where

dbname
is the database name. dbname is nvarchar(258).

To kill the pubs database, run:

USE master
GO
EXEC sp_MSkilldb 'pubs'
GO

sp_MStablespace

This stored procedure returns the number of rows and the space the table and index use.

Syntax

sp_MStablespace [name] [, id]

where

name
is the table name. name is nvarchar(517).
id
id is int, with a default of NULL.

To determine the space used by the authors table in the pubs database, run:

USE pubs
GO
EXEC sp_MStablespace 'authors'
GO

Here is the result set from my machine:

Rows        DataSpaceUsed IndexSpaceUsed
----------- ------------- --------------
23          8             24

sp_tempdbspace

This stored procedure can be used to get the total size and the space used by the tempdb database. You should execute sp_tempdbspace without parameters.

Syntax

sp_tempdbspace

This is the example:

EXEC sp_tempdbspace

Here is the result set from my machine:

database_name database_size           spaceused
------------- ----------------------- ---------------------------
tempdb        8.500000                .703125

sp_who2

This stored procedure returns information about current SQL Server 7.0 users and processes as sp_who, but provides more detailed information. sp_who2 returns CPUTime, DiskIO, LastBatch and ProgramName in addition to sp_who.

Syntax

sp_who [loginame]

where

loginame
the user's login name. If not specified, the procedure reports on all active users of SQL Server.

This example returns information for the 'sa' login:

EXEC sp_who2 'sa'
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