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finding the columns in a table where all of the rows are empty or null

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Hello

I think the question title says it all. I have a massive table with loads of columns and loads of rows. I believe lots of these are unused. Please could you tell me how I would run a query to find all of the columns in a table where all of the rows in that table are empty  ('') or NULL.

Thanks a lot
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Question by:andieje
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
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> I believe lots of these are unused
to start with, please note that even if a column has only NULL values doesn't mean it isn't used ...

apart from that:
select count(*) cnt
, sum(case when field1 is null then 0 else 1 end) field1_filled
, sum(case when field2 is null then 0 else 1 end) field2_filled
 .... etc for all the fields of your table ...
 from yourtable 

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run that query, and you will get a total count of the rows (cnt), and for each field the number of rows with non-nulls.
if that value is 0, all rows are null for that column
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by:andieje
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Thanks - what about if the field is empty is that just (case when field = '' .....) etc
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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for all fields that are text data types, you change to:

, sum(case when field1 is null then 0 when field1 = '' then 0 else 1 end) field1_filled
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