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Script to DROP all tables with no rows

Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I am converting an application and working to load its data into my own sql database and tables.  the old app database had some 425+ tables, of which, "only" 118 or so are actually used.  I'd like to reduce the clutter and drop all tables that have zero rows.   I know with a join of sysindexes and sysobjects, I can get a list of all tables with zero rows.  

select CONVERT(VARCHAR(25),a.name) name, b.rows
from sysobjects a, sysindexes b
where a.id = b.id
and b.indid < 2
group by a.name, b.rows
order by b.rows desc

Can I embed this query into a DROP TABLE script to do a mass drop?
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Dave Rogerpresident


Just what I wanted.  Thank you!
Dave Rogerpresident


Thanks David. This was exactly what I was looking for.   you just saved me a bunch of time.

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