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Alternatives to concatenating strings or going procedural to prevent SQL query code repetition?

Disclaimer: Please bear with me as someone who only uses databases a tiny fraction of his work time. (Most of the time I do C++ programming in my job, but every odd month I need to search/fix/add ...
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Redgate SQL Compare vs Visual Studio 2010 Premium/Ultimate database project

I currently use the Visual Studio Professional Edition which has the database project as a project template, but some of its features are not available, for example Schema Compare tool. The schema ...
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User-shared queries: Dynamic SQL vs. SQLCMD

I have to refactor and document a number of foo.sql queries which will be shared by a team of DB tech support (for customer configurations and things like that). There are types of tickets that come ...
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How to pass in parameters to a SQL Server script called with sqlcmd? [closed]

Is it possible to pass parameters to a SQL Server script? I have a script that creates a database. It is called from a batch file using sqlcmd. Part of that SQL script is as follows: CREATE DATABASE [...
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Script out Oracle DDL in an automated fashion

Oracle SQL Developer is able to export DDL through Tools -> Database Export... This works very well, but requires manual intervention. I know of DBMS_METADATA.get_ddl(), but have found that the ...
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Easy way to check connectivity to SQL Server from client

For troubleshooting purposes, I would like to be able to check if a client can connect to a SQL Server instance, independent of the application that possibly can't connect to the SQL Server. Is there ...
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How can I detect broken stored procedures after a schema change?

I've modified a central table in my database, and sp_depends literally returns hundreds of results, and I'm concerned some of those stored-procedures might not compile anymore after my change. ...
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Is there any collection of PowerShell scripts that help the task of SQL Server maintenance?

I've been studying PowerShell and I've been (slowly) getting it into my day-to-day DBA tasks. So far I've seen a bunch of disconnected PowerShell scripts for many disparate administration activities. ...
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Executing TSQL script generated from SSMS in SQLCMD. Failing on quotes

I am attempting to deploy a database to a machine by executing a script generated by the "Generate Scripts" tool in SQL Server Management Studio. Here is the command I've issued: sqlcmd -S ...
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Can I call SMO from pure T-SQL?

I know how to script a stored procedure using PowerShell and SMO: [System.reflection.assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SqlServer.Smo") | out-null [System.Reflection.Assembly]::...
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Scripting an application role with a hashed password

I need to script an application role with a hashed password, so I can copy it from one database to another. Consider the following example code, which uses an Application Role to provide elevated ...
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How to script all permissions on a schema

SQL management studio allows to create scripts for all db objects, however I so far couldn't find a way to correctly script a schema or user. The permissions of a user on a schema are not included in ...
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Script Contents of SQL Server Database From a Batch File

I want to be able to script the schema of a given database into a .sql file from the Windows command prompt. Basically, I want to execute the "Generate Scripts" feature of Management Studio ...
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How to manage my own scripts

Every administrators, developers have their own collection of scripts (some patterns). Time to time they are dismissed from one job and they are employed to other one. Is there any good, easy used, ...
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Getting column information from the MySQL command line

I am trying to get all the columns from MySQL using bash scripting. I want them to be stored in an array. If I write it this way: mysql -uroot -pPassword1 "select column_name from ...
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How to schedule PostgreSQL replication?

I was reading postgresql replications solution but, even I just starting understaning how it works, another doubt has arrisen. I'll be using postgres internal replication solution but as far as I ...
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SQL*Plus, @, and relative paths

Somehow, it seems that SQL*Plus (at least on Windows) is unable to locate a script with a relative path when called with @@ and when the path starts with a single or double dot. For example, under x:\...
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Get object script in SQL Server via T-SQL?

I need to get the creation script of an object in a SQL Server database. I need the exact same script that was used to create it. Like when you use SSMS to alter a view you already defined, and then ...
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Perl vs Ksh for Unix Database Administration

I realize this is a somewhat more subjective question, but I am looking to the community for guidance. Our company is fairly new to having DBAs. We used to use DB2 for i on the IBM's iSeries servers, ...
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Scrubbing Names via SQL Query/Batch

We have sensitive information (names of people) and we're looking to put into place a script to "scrub" of the names. Has anybody come up with a good algorithm to do this, something other than just ...
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SQL Server - Must be first statement in query batch - what and why?

I cannot find a list of type of objects that while being created the command must be the first statement in query batch. So far I ve found that function/stored_procedure/view must be the first. Does ...
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How, if possible, can an .sql file be executed against an oracle database from a bash script

Is it possible to execute an sql file (a text file containing several SQL statements) against an oracle database from a bash shell command line (e.g. no graphical GUI and no interactive clients) ...
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How to script permissions for all logins/users/tables/schemas

Over the years, I have used countless scripts and applications to generate all permissions for SQL Server databases. I have used both paid and free tools. I feel that not one of them seems to be ...
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Scripting Microsoft Data Warehouse Wizard

I am trying to automate the MDW setup process in my environment. Currently I have everything complete except for enabling the data collectors (usually uses a wizard as seen ). Has anyone seen or ...
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Does SQL Server 2008 have an equivalent to Oracle's “table%rowtype” syntax or (Data Type)?

In Oracle PL/SQL scripts, you can declare a variables using the syntax tablename%rowtype for its type. This will make that variable have the same "type" as a row of that table (i.e. a it will be a ...
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Script all tables in a database

In SQL Server 2008 - is there any script available which will list all tables (incl column names, data type, length) for the entire database - with one script.
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Variable substitution in psql when using \copy

I'm using the psql command \copy and I would like to pass a variable to it from the shell (for table name) like I've done when scripting queries. I've read in the documentation for psql that: The ...
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Running a SQL Server query with as little impact as possible

I'm looking to create some basic scripts that are aimed at running on production systems. I want them to run with as little impact as possible. They shouldn't affect performance whenever ...
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How to compare two SQL Servers instance level objects for a migration?

I'm currently working on a SQL Server migration (from a SQL Server 2005 to a 2008 R2 server, on a new physical server). The databases themselves will be transferred using a database backup and ...
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Exporting table records to an INSERT script

I'm setting up a test environment for development and need to export some static data from tables in Production. Ideally the exported product would take the form of a script with all the required ...
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Defrag a HEAP by creating clustered index and immediately dropping it

I'm writing a script which intends to defrag a HEAP based table by creating a dummy col with a clustered index and then immediately dropping it. (It's someone else's app and I don't want to make any ...
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xp_cmdshell in a transaction

I need to run multiple scripts in a certain folder in a transaction and rollback if there are any errors. At this point I'm just trying to get the rollback to work without a try catch. Currently when ...
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how to turn off delimiters in generated SQL scripts for data types in SQL Server Management Studio

We are a software engineering firm. We use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to generate the few scripts we need to build and upgrade our databases. While it does an OK job, it bugs me that it ...
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How do I pass multiple statements into sqlcmd?

Wanting to automate some tasks instead of firing up SSMS for everything, I'm trying to write a batch file to run these statements, which work perfectly when I paste them into the sqlcmd prompt. They ...
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Script out XMLA for all databases

I have several SSAS databases. I only want to script out the XMLA for them on a nightly basis. This will be a second tier backup in addition to the regular backups we have. How do I auto-generate ...
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Why won't pg_basebackup output go to log?

I run a nightly pg_basebackup from a cron job (Postgres 9.3 on debian "wheezy"), but the backup has been failing. It actually creates output, but the .tar file is corrupt and won't extract. I went to ...
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How to store single result in variable and reuse it in a query (Oracle)?

I have a query like SELECT id FROM xyz WHERE ...; which has a more or less complex WHERE clause and returns exactly one row with one column (ID). I need this ID for several later queries in a ...
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many csv file loading using bash script

#!/bin/bash # show commands being executed, per debug #set -x # define database connectivity _db="mydata" _db_user="root" _db_password="123" # define directory containing CSV files _csv_directory="/...
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How can filesystem storage (for blobs, images, etc.) be integrated with (traditional) database storage (e.g. MySQL/Postgres)?

If I use my database for relational data and opt to store large binary blobs in the filesystem, how can I integrate the two? How does this process work? I know that the database will need to store a ...
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Copy SQL Logins and Permissions From One Server to Another

I need to duplicate all Logins and their associated database-level permissions from one server to another. I am using SQL Server 2008 R2 for Server A and SQL Server 2012 for Server B I am able to find ...
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SSIS Script to split string into columns

I have a dataset (log file) with a number of columns; one of them is "Other-Data" below (unordered string) and need to parse the string to create the derived columns according the u value (U1, U2, U3, ...
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How to set password for PostgreSQL database with a script?

In a bash script I'm writing, I need to create a database and set a password that is generated automatically by my script. The problem is I can't find a way to set up the password without user ...
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SQL Server database generate script how to avoid adding PRINT statements

I need to create Insert scripts from the content of a table. To do that, I used the database tasks -> generate scripts. The table is quite big and in the generated script, it adds PRINT command after ...
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Rollback generate scripts

During the development of applications users often want to add new modules, business rules etc. So I've often used SQL Server 2008 option to create scripts from the development DB to generate new ...
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How do I Delete A Database And Log Files With SQL 2008 Script?

While working on making an automated Delete and Restore script for my backups I ran into a snag. I can not delete the database; however, the delete button works exactly how I need it to. Can anyone ...
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How can can I get object definitions stripped of all comments?

When I want to know if a stored procedure or views references a given name (table, view or column), I need a version of the object definition stripped of all comments. Is this possible by a SQL ...
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Database deployment script for SQL Server 2008 has different behaviors

Using Visual Studio 2008, I have compared schemas between remote SQL Server database with scripts hosted in a TFS server. The goal was to generate a migration script that would update the remote ...
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Scripting all of available databases to .sql files containing schema+data+users with single command

I have a SQL 2008 Express with 80 databases in it. I want to move these databases completely to another server which is hosting a SQL 2008R2 Enterprise instance. As i'm told it is better to script ...
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How to create an object and then alter it

I'm using sql server 2012: I would like to script out creation of an object(if it doesn't exist first), and then alter it. I'm trying to avoid the usual drop/create as it would impact stats. It ...
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Save Results of DBCC ShrinkFile

When we execute the following command: DBCC SHRINKFILE('MyDB_log', 1) We get the following results in SSMS: DBID | Field | CurrentSize | MinimumSize | UsedPages | Estimated Pages -----|-------|----...