Iterate over system tables to get a list of tables

I need to create a query to first get all the tables with a particular column ( column name is log ) and, once I have this list of tables, iterate over each table to see if the log column contains a specific piece of text. So far I have this:

 SELECT b.name into mytemp
 FROM syscolumns a INNER JOIN sysobjects b ON
 a.id = b.id
 b.type = 'u'
 WHERE a.name = 'log' 

If I do a select * from mytemp, I get the 5 tables I'm looking for. I need to write some kind of loop to iterate over these 5 tables, do a select log from thistable where log like '%hack%'. I'm close ( at least I'd like to think so ), but I need the rest of this query. I hope someone can help me. Thanks.

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asked Aug 12, 2010 at 05:06 PM in Default

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Hello kathy,

You can use dynamic sql

         @parameter NVARCHAR(500),
         @outPut VARCHAR(1000)
 +'' WHERE Log LIKE ''+''''''%hack%'''''' as ''data()''
 FOR XML PATH('''')),1,5,'''')'
 SET @parameter = N'@out VARCHAR(1000) OUTPUT'
 exec sp_executesql @SQL,@parameter,@out= @OutPut OUTPUT
 EXEC (@outPut)

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answered Aug 12, 2010 at 08:58 PM

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  • use a cursor to iterate and create the dynamic SQL. Also keep in mind that like %somevalue% causes SQL to ignore indexes.

Aug 12, 2010 at 10:43 PM Håkan Winther

Hakan winther, i agree with you, If your filter is like 'SomValue%' then optimizer will not ignore the indexes.

Aug 12, 2010 at 10:56 PM Cyborg

It's giving me an error: Msg 207, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 Invalid column name 'ID'. This is against sql server 2008.

Aug 13, 2010 at 04:53 AM KathyTheGreat

sorry its my fault since i worked with a sample table, replace that id with 'Log'

Aug 13, 2010 at 05:00 AM Cyborg

Cyborg - thank you, thank you. It worked great. I so appreciate your help.

Aug 13, 2010 at 05:03 AM KathyTheGreat
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