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I am using sp_helptext to list some stored procs instead of going through the ui. I am having a problem with the naming convention we have chosen to adopt.

I have a stored proc nameed [Test.FooBar].

Execute sp_helptext [Test.FooBar]

Msg 15009, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_helptext, Line 54 The object 'Test.FooBar' does not exist in database 'Foo' or is invalid for this operation.

When I change the exceut statement to be fully qualified i get a different error

Execute sp_helptext [Foo].[dbo].[Test.FooBar]
Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Incorrect syntax near '.'.

Can one someone point me in the right direction to fix this. Thank you very much.

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Maybe try:

EXEC Foo..sp_helptext 'dbo.[Test.FooBar]';

Still having problems with sp_helptext? Ok, stop using it - it's not the only way to get the object's definition.


Next, please stop putting . and other special characters within object names.

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I think that second suggestion is the more important one ... – jcolebrand May 4 '11 at 3:07

How about trying the below?

sp_helptext 'Test.FooBar'
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Single and double qoutes still throw the invalid operation error – george9170 May 3 '11 at 17:10
Can you tell us SELECT @@version? The code I gave above works perfectly on a SQL Server 2005 SP3 box. Even the [] works perfectly for me. – Sankar Reddy May 3 '11 at 17:16
@Sankar Reddy: do you have a stored proc called test.foobar, or did it work for another stored proc? – gbn May 3 '11 at 17:18
Is Test.Foobar as stored procedure/function/View or a table? Can you check object type select * from sys.objects where name 'Foobar' – Sankar Reddy May 3 '11 at 17:18
@gbn works for both – Sankar Reddy May 3 '11 at 17:22

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