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best system table to search code

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what is the best system table in 2000 and 2005+ to search for specific text in a code (UDF or proc) etc

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SELECT ROUTINE_NAME
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ROUTINES
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by:anushahanna
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OK-

I guess in 2000, that is the only option, right?

what about in 2005 & 2008?
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Always and all versions I use:

usemydb
go
select * from sys.syscomments where text like '%something%'
go

this will return ALL unencrypted SQL code objects containing "something"
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by:anushahanna
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good point - INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ROUTINES also will work on all versions, right?
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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correct, INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ROUTINES for all versions
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"Returns the first 4000 characters of the definition text of the function or stored procedure if the function or stored procedure is not encrypted. Otherwise, returns NULL."

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188757%28SQL.90%29.aspx

Where do you get the Views and Triggers code from?
As far as I'm aware they are ALL in sys.syscomments.text column

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@icohan
What are you talking about?

This question is about UDFs and Stored Procedures
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by:lcohan
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Right - my bad...overlooked that and thought is ALL sql code objects.
Please disregard my answer.
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thanks to both of you!
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