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Posted on 2011-09-06
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the error log is too big, so i was hoping to use a where clause to cut it short..


SELECT top 10 * FROM fn_trace_gettable('C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10_50.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\Log\ERRORLOG.1', default);

but I am not able to get the above to work..

is it because it is not a trc file?
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the where i am interested is in a time period range..
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by:John_Bon
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For ERRORLOG.n

  EXEC sp_readerrorlog n
-- To Read ERRORLOG.1

EXEC sp_readerrorlog 1

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i want to user where clause and hence select statement.. i need a specific time range only. the file is big so readerrorlog is not an option
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by:John_Bon
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The code below will work.
Please see the following link:  http://www.simple-talk.com/sql/database-administration/the-dba-script-thumb/  
CREATE TABLE #TempLog (
      LogDate     DATETIME,
      ProcessInfo NVARCHAR(50),
      [Text] NVARCHAR(MAX))

INSERT INTO #TempLog
      EXEC sp_readerrorlog 1

select top 10 * from #TempLog

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by:John_Bon
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Hi,

  Sorry.  Below is a better example using a Where clause for the LogDate and Text fields of the ErrorLog.
CREATE TABLE #TempLog (
      LogDate     DATETIME,
      ProcessInfo NVARCHAR(50),
      [Text] NVARCHAR(MAX))

INSERT INTO #TempLog
      EXEC sp_readerrorlog 

select 
	LogDate
	, ProcessInfo
	, Text
from #TempLog
WHERE 
         LogDate >= '2011-09-01' 
   AND   LogDate < '2011-09-02'
   AND   TEXT LIKE '%Starting up database%'

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by:25112
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i wish the where can be in the statement

INSERT INTO #TempLog
      EXEC sp_readerrorlog

because right now the log file is too big.. from next time we will plan for this with dbcc errorlog..
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by:25112
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couldn't fn_trace_gettable work in our situation?
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by:25112
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INSERT INTO #TempLog
      EXEC sp_readerrorlog
is timing out because of huge # of records.. hence not able to use it..

could sp_readerrorlog  have parameters to filter directly?
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The guts of of the sp_readerrorlog are listed below.
Parameters @p3 and @p4 will only filter on the Text field.

http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/1476/reading-the-sql-server-log-files-using-tsql/

CREATE proc [sys].[sp_readerrorlog](
      @p1            int = 0,
      @p2            int = NULL,
      @p3            nvarchar(4000) = NULL,
      @p4            nvarchar(4000) = NULL)
as
begin

      if (not is_srvrolemember(N'securityadmin') = 1)
      begin
         raiserror(15003,-1,-1, N'securityadmin')
         return (1)
      end
      
      if (@p2 is NULL)
            exec sys.xp_readerrorlog @p1
      else
            exec sys.xp_readerrorlog @p1,@p2,@p3,@p4
end

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Alternatively, you may want to use the Log File Viewer to filter the log piecemeal and export to a flat file.  
Then, import the flat files into a database table.
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thank you john
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