Recently, I am immigrating some data from Postgresql to a MSSQL2012 server. In SQLWorkbench, I can see comments on tables and columns in SQLServer.

But in DBeaver, I can't see any comment or remarks on any object. The Description column in Properties tab are always empty. Is this a configuration issue, or is DBeaver just not ready for this ?

Both SQLWorkbench and DBeaver are using MS' JDBC driver.

  • I am not alone. looks like a known limitation. stackoverflow.com/questions/14881213/…
    – Ben
    Jun 19, 2017 at 5:42
  • Sadly, sounds like I have to stick with SqlWorkbench. My major complain with SqlWorkbench is that it corrupt the workspace files after crash, and all my unsaved scripts, connection parameters are gone. Really frustrating...
    – Ben
    Jun 19, 2017 at 7:25
  • did you enable the workspace backup? (Tools -> Options -> Backups) and possibly the "Auto save workspace" option?
    – user1822
    Jun 19, 2017 at 7:29
  • Yes, I did. After the crash, I launched SqlWorkbench as usual and realized things are gone. So I closed it, and tried to find the backup, no avail. Then I briefly opened it to check the backup location. It turned out that the limited number of workspace backups are all overwritten to only a few kb in size just minutes ago... If the backups are automatically moved to a separate folder after each crash, It shouldn't render so lame...
    – Ben
    Jun 19, 2017 at 14:18
  • Did you report those problems?
    – user1822
    Jun 19, 2017 at 14:30

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The Microsoft JDBC driver does not return that information through the standard JDBC API. I think the main reason for that is, that the driver uses sp_columns internally (at least the last time I checked - which is a couple of years back) and that procedure doesn't return that information.

I guess DBeaver simply has no special code to retrieve the "extended properties" for tables or columns for SQL Server, whereas SQL Workbench/J "knows" those extended properties

  • Thanks, looks like among these java-based DB-neural management tools like DBeaver/SQuirrL, only SQL Workbench/J supports this extended properties in MS SQL. I find it very importable to be able to read the comments when working with external teams.
    – Ben
    Jun 20, 2017 at 1:51

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