This is a simple script that when used by command-line OSQL/ISQL can help you locate a stored procedure.
How many times have you been looking for stored procedure code and could not find it? This is a simple method to locate lost code.
When you manage many database servers this can become a common problem. The scenario is familiar, you can recall working on a stored procedure, but not where it was located.
First the really easy part, create a file that contains each of your servers. It should be a very basic text file like the following:
Create your script using the text in the script box and save it as a .sql file. For this example, I used sqlfile.sql. Please remove the comments first, they are not needed.
After saving the T-SQL script, open a command-line window (DOS Command Prompt) and type the following at the prompt:
FOR /F %s in (dbservers.txt) DO @OSQL -S%s -E -i sqlfile.sql >> search.txt
This will loop through all database servers in your file and search for the text you provide as "searchtext".
When you manage many SQL Servers this is a very handy tool to use. Keep in mind you can use this same method to search for job steps, table names, views, functions, etc.
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2007-10-02 (first published: 2002-06-20)