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Posted on 2011-03-25
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Is there a way to do a global search and replace of text within all procs and views?  I want to change the name of a table, for every place it is referenced.
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by:lcohan
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you will have to take and ALTER each object individualy however if they are not encrypted the query below will list you all - just replace table_name below and run it in your db:

select * from sys.syscomments where text like '%table_name%'
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oh yeah...and have the list of all objects you could actualy script them all from SQL in one single file and replace all (ctrl-h) works great in that case - hopefully the table_name is not "language" so you get cold hits as well....good luck
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by:HLRosenberger
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How about this for all Views and Procs - I script them out into one large script, make the changes with a text editor, delete all Views and Procs, run the script to restore.
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lcohan earned 2000 total points
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Yes, that's what I meant.
You can select and script them all from SSMS including the DROP/CREATE statements into one single file, save that file and keep it safe, do a replace all in that file then save it under different name so you have the originals for rollback plus the updated code then run the new one in your database.
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Thanks. We are on the same page!
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