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sp_helpdistributor (Transact-SQL)

Lists information about the Distributor, distribution database, working directory, and Microsoft SQL Server Agent user account. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database or any database.

Topic link iconTransact-SQL Syntax Conventions

sp_helpdistributor [ [ @distributor= ] 'distributor' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @distribdb= ] 'distribdb' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @directory= ] 'directory' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @account= ] 'account' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @min_distretention= ] min_distretention OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @max_distretention= ] max_distretention OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @history_retention= ] history_retention OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @history_cleanupagent= ] 'history_cleanupagent' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @distrib_cleanupagent = ] 'distrib_cleanupagent' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @publisher = ] 'publisher' ] 
    [ , [ @local = ] 'local' ]
    [ , [ @rpcsrvname= ] 'rpcsrvname' OUTPUT ]
    [ , [ @publisher_type = ] 'publisher_type' OUTPUT ]

[ @distributor=] 'distributor' OUTPUT

Is the name of the Distributor. Distributor is sysname, with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @distribdb=] 'distribdb' OUTPUT

Is the name of the distribution database. distribdb is sysname, with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @directory=] 'directory' OUTPUT

Is the working directory. directory is nvarchar(255), with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @account=] 'account' OUTPUT

Is the Microsoft Windows user account. account is nvarchar(255), with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @min_distretention=] min_distretentionOUTPUT

Is the minimum distribution retention period, in hours. min_distretention is int, with a default of -1.

[ @max_distretention=] max_distretentionOUTPUT

Is the maximum distribution retention period, in hours. max_distretention is int, with a default of -1.

[ @history_retention=] history_retentionOUTPUT

Is the history retention period, in hours. history_retention is int, with a default of -1.

[ @history_cleanupagent=] 'history_cleanupagent' OUTPUT

Is the name of the history cleanup agent. history_cleanupagent is nvarchar(100), with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @distrib_cleanupagent =] 'distrib_cleanupagent' OUTPUT

Is the name of the distribution cleanup agent. distrib_cleanupagent is nvarchar(100), with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @publisher=] 'publisher'

Is the name of the Publisher. publisher is sysname, with a default of NULL.

[ @local=] 'local'

Is whether SQL Server should get local server values. local is nvarchar(5), with a default of NULL.

[ @rpcsrvname=] 'rpcsrvname' OUTPUT

Is the name of the server that issues remote procedure calls. rpcsrvname is sysname, with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

[ @publisher_type= ] 'publisher_type' OUTPUT

Is the publisher type of the Publisher. publisher_type is sysname, with a default of %, which is the only value that returns a result set.

Column name

Data type

Description

distributor

sysname

Name of the Distributor.

distribution database

sysname

Name of the distribution database.

directory

nvarchar(255)

Name of the working directory.

account

nvarchar(255)

Name of the Windows user account.

min distrib retention

int

Minimum distribution retention period.

max distrib retention

int

Maximum distribution retention period.

history retention

int

History retention period.

history cleanup agent

nvarchar(100)

Name of the History Cleanup Agent.

distribution cleanup agent

nvarchar(100)

Name of the Distribution Cleanup Agent.

rpc server name

sysname

Name of the remote or local Distributor.

rpc login name

sysname

Login used for remote procedure calls to the remote Distributor.

publisher type

sysname

Type of Publisher; can be one of the following:

MSSQLSERVER

ORACLE

ORACLE GATEWAY

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_helpdistributor is used in all types of replication.

If one or more output parameters are specified when executing sp_helpdistributor, all output parameters set to NULL are assigned values on exit and no result set is returned. If no output parameters are specified, a result set is returned.

The following result set columns or output parameters are returned to members of the sysadmin fixed server role at the Publisher and the db_owner fixed database role on the publication database:

Result set column

Output parameter

account

@account

min distrib retention

@min_distretention

max distrib retention

@max_distretention

history retention

@history_retention

history cleanup agent

@history_cleanupagent

distribution cleanup agent

@distrib_cleanupagent

rpc login name

none

The following result set column is returned to users in the publication access list for a publication at the Distributor:

  • directory

The following result set columns are returned to all users.

Result set column

Output parameter

distributor

@distributor

distribution database

@distribdb

rpc server name

@rpcsrvname

publisher type

@publisher_type

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