Sql server lock cursor

good evening

I'm blocking problem in sqlserver caused by cursor.

The head block I see is a fatch_api_cursor, the problem is that when I try to see the SQL code inside the cursor, it shows nothing and the status is like sleeping.

any idea how I can detect what is inside the cursor?

I've tried to dmv sys.dm_exec cursors but does not provide any information.

I have to kill the process to release the locks.

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Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
Try...10 should be your sessionid

SELECT c.session_id, c.properties, c.creation_time, c.is_open
, t.text
FROM sys.dm_exec_cursors (10) c
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text (c.sql_handle) t

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Support_38Author Commented:

Unfortunately I had tried it, but does not provide any information when the status of the process is sleeping.

It shows information only when the status of the process is runnable which is not my case.

Any other ideas?
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
So if you are sure nothing is happening in that session, why can't you go head and KILL the session itself.
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Support_38Author Commented:
I have a lock chain, when I check the head block and see what is running, get running fetch_api_cursor ...

When you check the DMV sys.dm_exec_cursors does not provide any information for this process.

Some processes that are sometimes head block to bring the information below:


But the vast majority, does not provide any information.
DimitrisSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
could it be that the cursor is in an endless loop? (@@FETCH_STATUS issue)

if you see the process running it means that it's waiting for something
Try to change the CURSOR to LOCAL (DECLARE rst CURSOR LOCAL)
are you closing the cursor (CLOSE rst and DEALLOCATE rst )?
and if you are not updating anything with the cursor and you are just reading data make it also a FAST_FORWARD cursor (it means forward only, readonly)

If you could provide some code lines it would be easier
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
Hi Alex, Any luck with this?

Support_38Author Commented:

Unfortunately it still could not detect which sql statement is running inside the cursor, even using the sys.dm_exec_cursors dmv.

The process status that is as headblock is sleeping
Support_38Author Commented:
Based on the information in this link, it is very similar to the scenario that is occurring in the environment.


Can the set xact_abort option help?
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
XACT_ABORT informs SQL Server to rollback the entire transaction and abort the batch when a run-time error occurs.

Actually the link you gave is not working. :)

Try XACT_ABORT it works. Also if you want the hard way we can use KILL sessionId to kill the session. Although it is not recommended.

Hope it helps !
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
Support_38Author Commented:
I have already referred to the development team to approve.

Thank you
Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
Great ! Please inform me if you get reply from the development team.

Thank you !
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