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SQLBIGeek’s Function Friday – Convert Job Duration to Seconds




Brian K. McDonald

Brian K. McDonald


Twitter: @briankmcdonald


Welcome to the second post of my “SQLBIGeek’s Function Friday” blog series. In this series, I am hoping that I can provide some of the details about functions that I have either found on the internet or something that I had to create to meet a need. If it is something that I come across, I will attempt to make it shorter and/or perform better. If it is something I wrote, it is just something to share with you! J Either way, I hope that you enjoy the series and that you can get some useful ideas or functions to use in your environment.



A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about how SQL Server stores the duration of job execution in a strange format. I showed you one way to determine hours, minutes and seconds in a little bit easier to read format than what they provide. Here, is a function that you can use determine those values in seconds.


Script 1: Function

USE AdventureWorks



CREATE FUNCTION dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds


      @run_duration INT


Created By: Brian K. McDonald, MCDBA, MCSD (www.SQLBIGeek.com)

Email:      bmcdonald@SQLBIGeek.com

Twitter:    @briankmcdonald

Date:       10/29/2010

Purpose:    Convert the duration of a job to seconds

            A value of 13210 would be 1 hour, 32 minutes and 10 seconds,

            but I want to return this value in seconds. Which is 5530!

            Then I can sum all of the values and to find total duration.


Usage:      SELECT dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds (13210)


Modification History











            --hours, minutes and seconds

            WHEN LEN(@run_duration) > 4 THEN CONVERT(VARCHAR(4),LEFT(@run_duration,LEN(@run_duration)-4)) * 3600

             + LEFT(RIGHT(@run_duration,4),2) * 60 + RIGHT(@run_duration,2)

            --minutes and seconds

            WHEN LEN(@run_duration) = 4 THEN LEFT(@run_duration,2) * 60 + RIGHT(@run_duration,2)

            WHEN LEN(@run_duration) = 3 THEN LEFT(@run_duration,1) * 60 + RIGHT(@run_duration,2)

      ELSE --only seconds    






--Execute it a few times

SELECT dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds(125)       --85

SELECT dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds(13210)     --5530

SELECT dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds(2210)      --1330


--Clean up if you want

DROP FUNCTION dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds


As a usable scenario, now you can query the sysjobhistory table and determine the duration of each step with a similar query to that shown in script 2.


Script 2: Query SysJobHistory

SELECT dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds(run_duration) AS [Seconds]

      , dbo.ufn_JobIntToSeconds(run_duration)/60 AS [Minutes]

FROM msdb.dbo.sysjobhistory


Please be sure to return for the next BISQLGeek's Function Friday! I hope that you have enjoyed this post. If you did, please take just a moment to rate it below! I would love to hear your comments. Please let me know if you’ve ever had to overcome this kind of issue in your environment.


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Brian K. McDonald, MCDBA, MCSD
Business Intelligence Consultant – Pragmatic Works

Email: bmcdonald@pragmaticworks.com | Blogs: SQLBIGeek | SQLServerCentral | BIDN

Twitter: @briankmcdonald | LinkedIn: http://tinyurl.com/BrianKMcDonald




Posted by Carl Federl on 30 October 2010

Instead of string manipulation, an alternative algorithm using Modulus and integer division is:


-- seconds

 ( (@HHMMSSInteger %       100 ) )

-- minutes

+ ( (@HHMMSSInteger %     10000 ) /     100 ) * 60

-- hours

+ ( (@HHMMSSInteger %   1000000 ) /   10000 ) * 60 * 60

Posted by Anonymous on 3 November 2010

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Posted by alen on 3 November 2010

thx, added to the briefcase

i actually created a process a few months ago to dump the data into a central database and to report failed jobs in the last day and the fact that the data in msdb was in int or whatever non-date format it was in drove me crazy

Posted by Brian K. McDonald on 3 November 2010

Great! I'm glad I could provide something that you can use. Please let me know if there is something you are looking for and I'll get cracking on it. :)

Posted by Anonymous on 1 December 2010

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