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Event class description not showing

Hi All,

When I save data from SQL Server trace file to a SQL table, the EventClass column shows ID and not description. I mean, EventClass column for SQL:BatchCompleted shows 12 and not original description.

Can this be changed??

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asked Jun 24, 2010 at 05:09 AM in Default

Mandar Alawani gravatar image

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Quick and dirty way to deal with this is to create a view, similar to:

CREATE VIEW VerboseLog
AS
  SELECT tc.Name AS TraceCategory,
        te.Name AS TraceEvent,
        l.*
  FROM   **TraceTableName** l
        LEFT JOIN sys.trace_events te
          ON l.EventClass = te.trace_event_id
        LEFT JOIN sys.trace_categories tc
          ON te.category_id = tc.category_id;
Of course, you may want to trim the columns down a bit...
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answered Jul 27, 2010 at 05:24 AM

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The Event IDs and descriptions are found in sys.trace_events

One option could be to join to this catalog view when querying the trace data.

When using the Profiler UI, the translation is made for you - not sure you can make the trace store the actual descriptions.

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answered Jun 24, 2010 at 05:52 AM

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I'd say it wouldn't be advisable to include the descriptions in the capture even if it was doable. Event descriptions might change over time (Service packs etc). We use DB:s to normalise data, then I think it should be kept normalised if possible.
Jun 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM Magnus Ahlkvist
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