Check if cursor exists

Posted on 2006-11-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have a procedure that has, in part, the following code:

DECLARE CertCursor CURSOR FOR SELECT t.CertDesc FROM EmployeeRecords.dbo.tblNew_Hire_Initial_Training t  ...

Is there syntax I can use afterwards to insure I have data in the cursor before trying to open it and fetch the first row?
Question by:dbbishop
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Expert Comment

ID: 17933432
No - you have to use  @@FETCHSTATUS

e.g. OPEN CertCursor
FETCH next from CertCursor into @CertDesc

Alternatively, you can select count into a local variable first, and then check the value of @Count

declare @Count int
SELECT @Count=COUNT(*) FROM EmployeeRecords.dbo.tblNew_Hire_Initial_Training t  ...

IF @Count>0
DECLARE CertCursor CURSOR FOR SELECT t.CertDesc FROM EmployeeRecords.dbo.tblNew_Hire_Initial_Training t  ...
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Hillwaaa earned 250 total points
ID: 17933887
Hi dbbishop,

There is a function that does this (see CURSOR_STATUS:, however it will only indicate if there is data for cursors that have been declared as variables - see the example at the bottom of the page.

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Expert Comment

ID: 17933925
Doesn't solve the problem - you still have to open the cursor before you can check the status.
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Expert Comment

ID: 17934029
Nightman - true - you are right on that point (as always :)

ddbishop - there really doesn't appear to be a way to determine how many rows are in a cursor until it is opened.  CURSOR_STATUS, @@CURSOR_ROWS (which would also work) and @@FETCHSTATUS all require an open cursor.  

Therefore you should probably refund those points to Nightman - he answered your question more correctly!
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Expert Comment

ID: 17934064
Hillwaa - please let my wife know that I'm usually right. I have been trying to convince her for 14 years now, and making no progress whatsoever ;o)

ddbishop - you can post a request in to have this re-opened so you can re-assign the points.

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Expert Comment

ID: 17934078
Nightman - lol - just print off this thread - then you have it in writing :)

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