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Posted on 1998-07-15
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Looking for a SELECT statement that will retreive the database Table Names, FieldNames ,Field  Descriptions, Feild Types, Field Sizes, Nullable, , etc.. for a database in MS SQL SERVER.
Question by:rickwinterkorn
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Expert Comment

ID: 1091776
get positioned in the database in question 'USE dbname'

The following will get you the name and an id number for all the tables:
select id, name from sysobjects where type = 'U' order by name

Substituting each of the id numbers from the previous query into
the following will get you a bunch of stuff about each column in each table.
select * from syscolumns where id = <number>

You can probably figure out what some of the results of this query mean (length, for example). For other stuff you may have to set up a sample table and play with it to find out what 'offset' and 'status' mean.

See Appendix A in Microsoft's Transact SQL Reference for the relationships of all the system tables. Note that there is a system catalog and a database catalog. The system catalog has systemwide data. Each database has its own database catalog with
information specific to that database.

Good luck.


Author Comment

ID: 1091777
Here is an example of what I'm looking for; this is the select statement for Oracle, Sybase has a similar one,  and I'm looking for the similar syntax in MS SQL Server:

WHERE OWNER = dbname


Expert Comment

ID: 1091778
I think zimmy has fully answered to your question if you want to do same as in your example just make a view form syscoloumns and sysobjects

Author Comment

ID: 1091779
Ok Thanks Zimmy and Odessa..I'll look into it.  Zimmy I'll credit your previous answer, just make a quick note so I can respond to accept it. Again thanks.  

Accepted Solution

zimmy earned 50 total points
ID: 1091780
OK. Thanks. And thanks, Odessa.

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