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select * tables from database


I want to drop alot of tables so
I want the output to look like this

drop tables table1,table2,table3,...


or a way I can easy copy paste
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Question by:rgb192
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by:Brian Chan
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I don't think you can drop multiple tables in a single DROP statement. I ususlly use excel spreadsheet to concatenate the table name with the "DROP TABLE", or with my favourite text editor, Notepad++, which has the feature to insert like column.
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by:leoahmad
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/SQL-Server-2005/Q_27289072.html

As you have already been suggested that you cannot do that in single statement, why not use the script given in the above link and get statements of deletion.

By the way, why you want a single statement?
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Why are you reposting the same question?

Here is my answer from your last duplicate question:
You should be able to do:
DROP TABLE table1, table2, table3

>>is there a right click shortcut<<
From Object Explorer Details in SSMS you can select them all and then delete them all at once.
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by:rgb192
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I need a select * tables from database

or I would have to write 50 databases by hand



eventually I want to delete them


but most important, I need to know the tablenames
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by:Anthony Perkins
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So instead of  just deleting them all from SSMS with one delete, you want a SQL statement to concatenate all your table names and build your DROP TABLE to look like this:
DROP TABLE table1, table2, table3, ...
and then execute it.  Is that correct?

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Lowfatspread earned 250 total points
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select 'Drop table ['+table_schema+'].['+table_name+']'
from information_schema.tables
where table_type='Base Table' -- to ignore views
 and table_name like ',,,,%'
order by 1

you may also wish to investigate the procedure sp_msforeachtable

which allows you to construct sql commands to process against a set of tables...
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by:rgb192
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>>So instead of  just deleting them all from SSMS with one delete, you want a SQL statement to concatenate all your table names and build your DROP TABLE to look like this:
DROP TABLE table1, table2, table3, ...
and then execute it.  Is that correct?


correct



but first is there a way I can select the names of my tables so I dont have to write by hand
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Did you see Lowfatspread's solution?
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by:rgb192
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select 'Drop table ['+table_schema+'].['+table_name+']'
from information_schema.tables
where table_type='Base Table' -- to ignore views
 and table_name like ',,,,%'
order by 1

is there a sample command so I dont destroy all my tables







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you may also wish to investigate the procedure sp_msforeachtable

I do not understand

>>
which allows you to construct sql commands to process against a set of tables...

I do not understand
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by:Lowfatspread
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>>select 'Drop table ['+table_schema+'].['+table_name+']'
from information_schema.tables
where table_type='Base Table' -- to ignore views
 and table_name like ',,,,%'
order by 1


just generates the command ... it doesnt actually run the drop...


 >>procedure sp_msforeachtable
http://www.databasejournal.com/features/mssql/article.php/3441031/SQL-Server-Undocumented-Stored-Procedures-spMSforeachtable-and-spMSforeachdb.htm

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by:rgb192
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select 'Drop table ['+table_schema+'].['+table_name+']'
from information_schema.tables
where table_type='Base Table' -- to ignore views
 and table_name like ',,,,%'
order by 1



returns a column named (No column name)
and no results
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by:Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins earned 250 total points
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You are obviously not grasping the intent so let's try it this way (No points please as this is Lowfatspread's solution):
SELECT  'Drop table [' + table_schema + '].[' + table_name + ']'
FROM    information_schema.tables
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by:rgb192
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thanks
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