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sys.sp_cdc_get_captured_columns (Transact-SQL)

Returns change data capture metadata information for the captured source columns tracked by the specified capture instance. Change data capture is available only in SQL Server 2008 Enterprise, Developer, and Evaluation editions.

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sys.sp_cdc_get_captured_columns 
    [ @capture_instance = ] 'capture_instance'

[ @capture_instance = ] 'capture_instance'

Is the name of the capture instance associated with a source table. capture_instance is sysname and cannot be NULL.

To report on the capture instances for the table, run the sys.sp_cdc_help_change_data_capture stored procedure.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Column name

Data type

Description

source_schema

sysname

Name of the source table schema.

source_table

sysname

Name of the source table.

capture_instance

sysname

Name of the capture instance.

column_name

sysname

Name of the captured source column.

column_id

int

ID of the column in the source table.

ordinal_position

int

Position of the column within the source table.

data_type

sysname

Column data type.

character_maximum_length

int

Maximum character length of the character-based column; otherwise, NULL.

numeric_precision

tinyint

Precision of the column if numeric-based; otherwise, NULL.

numeric_precision_radix

smallint

Precision radix of the column if numeric-based; otherwise, NULL.

numeric_scale

int

Scale of the column if numeric-based; otherwise, NULL.

datetime_precision

smallint

Precision of the column if datetime-based; otherwise, NULL.

Use sys.sp_cdc_get_captured_columns to obtain column information about the captured columns returned by querying the capture instance query functions cdc.fn_cdc_get_all_changes_<capture_instance> or cdc.fn_cdc_get_net_changes_<capture_instance>. The column names, IDs, and position remain constant for the life of the capture instance. Only the column data type changes when the data type of the underlying source column in the tracked table changes. Columns that are added to or dropped from a source table have no impact on the captured columns of existing capture instances. For more information, see Configuring Change Data Capture.

Use sys.sp_cdc_get_ddl_history to obtain information about data definition language (DDL) statements applied to a source table. Any DDL changes that modified the structure of a tracked source column is returned in the result set.

Requires membership in the db_owner fixed database role. For all other users, requires SELECT permission on all captured columns in the source table and, if a gating role for the capture instance was defined, membership in that database role. When the caller does not have permission to view the source data, the function returns error 22981 (Object does not exist or access is denied.).

The following example returns information about the captured columns in the HumanResources_Employee capture instance.

USE AdventureWorks;
GO
EXECUTE sys.sp_cdc_get_captured_columns 
    @capture_instance = N'HumanResources_Employee';
GO
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