Selecting from Sysobjects


I would like to be able to create a stored procedure that accepts a tablename and returns the count of records in that table.

Something like (except I want one that works):

CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[spr_RecordCount_GetByTable] AS

DECLARE @TableName nvarchar


I have a feeling that SysObjects will be involved although I'm not sure how.

I tried this and it didn't work either:

select count(*) from (select * from sysobjects where sysobjects.[name] = 'tblChemInfo')

Thanks in advance!!!
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Renante EnteraSenior PHP DeveloperCommented:
Hello jrandallsexton!

Try to have your procedure like this:

CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[spr_RecordCount_GetByTable]
    @TableName nvarchar
    EXECUTE 'Select count(*) From' || @TableName

Hope this helps.  Just try it.

eNTRANCE2002 :-)
Another simple way of doing it........

CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[spr_RecordCount_GetByTable]
    @TableName nvarchar
    EXEC sp_spaceused @TableName

here we go...

Create Proc sp_GetTableCount
  @TableName Varchar(255)
select rows
from sysobjects o inner join sysindexes i on =
where i.indid < 2 and xtype='u' and = rtrim(@TableName)

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jrandallsextonAuthor Commented:
Only one of these solution worked.
I tried them all in SQL Query Analyzer with this querystring:

exec spr_RecordCount_GetByTable 'tblUsers'

entrance2002: Incorrect syntax near 'Select count(*) From' --> And I even added the DECLARE that you forgot

ram2098: The SP sytax checks out.  But when I execute the above query, I get:
Server: Msg 15009, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_spaceused, Line 76
The object 't' does not exist in database 'PSCClientDB'.

RDWaibel: Perfecto!  Thanks much!!!!

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