Ability to export the sql behind a SP / view / query to an ascii file ?

Posted on 2004-03-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
Is there a way that I can export the SQL behind a stored procedure or view, into a text file, or preferably into a recordset string field.

My absolute ideal would to have a stored procedure that returns a recordset with the database object name and the SQL in the object, be it a stored procedure or a view, that I can use to get ascii copies of all my db objects, such that I can see their progress over time in CVS.

Any ideas ?

Question by:mj_cole
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arbert earned 250 total points
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sure, if you want it in a recordset, just execute the sp_helptext stored proc with the stored procedure you want the text of:

rs=conn.execute("sp_helptext mystoredproc")

You can also right click on your database (in enterprise manager) and generate SQL Scripts for your entire database or certain objects.

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ID: 10663818
You can also write queries against the information.schema_views (located in the master database) to retrieve information....


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ID: 10664298
sp_helptext  seems to do the job :)

is there a master SP to return all the stored procedures and views, such that I can then write my own SP to get the list and then call sp_helptext on that list ?


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arbert earned 250 total points
ID: 10664412
Nope, but that's where the information_schema.views come in.....

You can run this from your database and it will list the procs and views for you:

select 'proc', routine_name from information_schema.routines
select 'View',view_name from information_schema.view_table_usage

However, using the information schema views, you can also return the text of the views and procs and you don't have to use sp_helptext.

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by:Scott Pletcher
ID: 10669100
Actually I think the information_schema views only return the first 4K of object text, so it's not a safe way to get the source.  You really need to use sp_helptext.

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