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sp_depends (Transact-SQL)

Displays information about database object dependencies, such as the views and procedures that depend on a table or view, and the tables and views that are depended on by the view or procedure. References to objects outside the current database are not reported.

Important note Important

This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature. Use sys.dm_sql_referencing_entities and sys.dm_sql_referenced_entities instead.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version).

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

sp_depends [ @objname = ] '<object>'  

<object> ::=
{
    [ database_name. [ schema_name ] . | schema_name.
    object_name
}

database_name

Is the name of the database.

schema_name

Is the name of the schema to which the object belongs.

object_name

Is the database object to examine for dependencies. The object can be a table, view, stored procedure, user-defined function, or trigger. object_name is nvarchar(776), with no default.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

sp_depends displays two result sets.

The following result set shows the objects on which <object> depends.

Column name

Data type

Description

name

nvarchar(257 )

Name of the item for which a dependency exists.

type

nvarchar(16)

Type of the item.

updated

nvarchar(7)

Whether the item is updated.

selected

nvarchar(8)

Whether the item is used in a SELECT statement.

column

sysname

Column or parameter on which the dependency exists.

The following result set shows the objects that depend on <object>.

Column name

Data type

Description

name

nvarchar(257 )

Name of the item for which a dependency exists.

type

nvarchar(16)

Type of the item.

Requires membership in the public role.

A. Listing dependencies on a table

The following example lists the database objects that depend on the Sales.Customer table in the AdventureWorks2012 database. Both the schema name and table name are specified.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
GO
EXEC sp_depends @objname = N'Sales.Customer' ;

B. Listing dependencies on a trigger

The following example lists the database objects on which the trigger iWorkOrder depends.

EXEC sp_depends @objname = N'AdventureWorks2012.Production.iWorkOrder' ;
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