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How would I get the default value of a column? (using T-SQL)
If you run sp_help <tablename> it’ll tell you what the defaults are for any columns which have defaults defined. Tom Pullen
DBA, Oxfam GB
If you want the actual value to work with, you can use this – with the usual precautions about querying system tables directly – just insert the table name and field name: SELECT Convert(int, substring(syscomments.text, 2, len(syscomments.text)-2))
from sysobjects as sysobjects_1
inner join sysobjects as sysobjects_2
on sysobjects_1.parent_obj =
inner join syscomments
on =
inner join syscolumns
on syscolumns.cdefault =
where = @TableName
and = @FieldName Another caution: this query was set up for retrieving an integer default value, where you normally see brackets around the number, hence the SUBSTRING call. You’ll need to test the results to see how to handle other data types.
Also you can use sp_columns for further information on that column. Satya SKJ
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adriaan, just what I need syscomments.
the missing piece in my query. thanks a lot!