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I'm creating a script to recreate a database for test purposes, and the database has some publications. In order to create or not the logreader agent I need to know if the current database already has one, or destroy the existing agent prior to recreate the database. I know there is some class in SMO can do that, but I need to achieve the same with T-SQL. Someone can help?

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I'm not currently by a test box, but if you can do this with SMO then just reverse engineer the SQL to accomplish this by using XEvents or creating a SQL Trace. – Thomas Stringer Jan 4 '14 at 2:04
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Below T-SQL will give you the log reader agent. You can use the agent name or job_id to drop/delete the log reader agent.

FROM msdb.dbo.sysjobs sj
INNER JOIN msdb.dbo.sysjobsteps sjs ON sjs.job_id = sj.job_id
    AND subsystem = 'logreader'
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