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Posted 12 Dec 2007

Simple bit of Transact SQL to help locate text in a database

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Simple bit of Transact SQL to help locate text in a database using cursors


This was a littel bit of SQL I wrote to help in a migration project. Quite simply it will go through each table and row looking for your text. It it is found it displays the Table and then does a select of the table.


The code makes use of system tables and Transact SQL Cursors

Using the code

Mainly this code is for interest. Open Management Studio (Or earlier versions), paste the code to a Query Session (logged into your desired database), and then select 'Execute'
sp_Find_String_In_Database 'Find Text'

Note: I have only tested this on 2005, it may need some touching up for 2000 and 7

Points of Interest

On the database I was working on this has (and does) save countless hours of sluthing. Hope it serves you well. Appologies for the pile of errors, they didn't worry me but may you.




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Software Developer (Senior) Clear Rock Ltd
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Developing code since the Z80 now works in Southampton doing various projects including Web Applications in .Net. and extensivly using Transact SQL in all sorts of applications.

Apart from that Swimming, Cycling, and some Photography

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