Querying log size

Posted on 2009-04-01
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm about to write a script to tell me the log size before/after some events.
So I was looking into the sys.xxx to see where I could find the one for log size and came up with
select * from sys.database_files
This tells me the log is 3163192 (31GB) yet when I double check this with windows explorer the log (file size) is 25GB.
I have right clicked and ensured the size on disk is also 25GB.
When I look at the disk space usage reports it says the log is 24.7GB and 99.3% unused.

Why the huge size difference between what windows explorer tells me and what database_files says.
Question by:QPR
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which column of sys.database_files did you check in order to determine the size?
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Rimvis earned 1000 total points
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sys.database_files stores size in pages. Page size is 8KB

To get size in GB use this:
select (siZe  * 8)/(1024.0*1024.0)AS SizeInGB, *    from sys.database_files

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vinurajr earned 1000 total points
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sp_helpdb DBName will tells the exact file size or the sysdatabases
you Interpreted wrongly.... The size in the sys.database_files is nothing but Current size of the file, in 8-KB pages.

select (3163192*8)/(1024.0*1024.0)
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Author Comment

ID: 24046880
ahhh I see I was using select size/1000 and assumed I was dealing with actual file size.
Points split:
Rimvis for pointing out my problem and vinurarj for reminding me about sp_helpdb which I will now use

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