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I have an UPDATE trigger in SQL Server 2008 which constantly disappears

Posted on 2011-10-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have the same application running on 2x platforms.  Both systems have a dedicated DB server, one runs SQL Server 2005, the other 2008 (R2)

On both dbs I have a table and on that table there should be 2x triggers, one managing inserts, the other updates.

On the 2005 server, I have no issues.

On the 2008 server, the insert trigger is fine but the update trigger keeps disappearing / vanishing without any explanation.  Literally, I create the trigger from a stored script, refresh the triggers branch and I can see it.  I'll come back 10-15 mins later and refresh again - I can see the insert trigger but the update trigger has gone.  I haven't dropped the trigger nor the table nor do I believe anyone else could or would be taking actions which conflicted with my work (e.g. colleagues working on the same db instance).

The triggers aren't complex - script is attached.

Confused :-(

Thanks in advance.  Changes-to-IssueHeader-Triggers-.sql
Question by:LogistixSW
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 37037291
either someone drops/recreates the table, or indeed drops the trigger.

check out this to "see/trace" the event: ddl triggers

now, if that trigger also disappears, then you have someone that either really drops all triggers in the database, or even fully "restores" the db.
if it's a database restore, you can see that in the sql server ERRORLOG file
otherwise, use the SQL Profiler tool to trace all sql, and find the culprit there.

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LogistixSW earned 0 total points
ID: 37037355

I had failed to put a GO statement in my script after creating the INSERT trigger.  Thus, if you scripted the INSERT trigger back out, it was actually:

IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.triggers WHERE object_id = OBJECT_ID(N'[dbo].[TG_IssueHeader_INSERT]'))
EXEC dbo.sp_executesql @statement = N'
create trigger [dbo].[TG_IssueHeader_INSERT] on [dbo].[IssueHeader]
for insert

            @WhseRef NVARCHAR(20)

      SELECT @WhseRef = IssueHdr_WhseRef
      FROM Inserted

      if(@WhseRef is null or Len(@WhseRef) < 1)

            update IssueHeader
                  IssueHdr_WhseRef = cast(Inserted.IssueHdr_ID as varchar(20))
            from Inserted
            where IssueHeader.IssueHdr_ID = Inserted.IssueHdr_ID


IF  EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.triggers WHERE object_id = OBJECT_ID(N''[dbo].[TG_IssueHeader_UPDATE]''))
DROP TRIGGER [dbo].[TG_IssueHeader_UPDATE]'

so every time a record was inserted, it dropped the UPDATE trigger.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 37061195
My own dumbass fault :(
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Expert Comment

ID: 37039870
ok glad you found that ...

however ,,,, of longer term importance...

please write your triggers correctly ...

1) to handle multiple row situations
2) to just reference the changed set of data..

e.g. write it more like

create trigger [dbo].[TG_IssueHeader_INSERT] on [dbo].[IssueHeader]
for insert
            update IssueHeader
                  IssueHdr_WhseRef = cast(I.IssueHdr_ID as varchar(20))
            from issueheader as h
            inner join Inserted as I
              on h.IssueHdr_ID =i.IssueHdr_ID 

            where len(coalesce(h.issuehdt_whseref,'')<1

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