SET OFFSETS (Transact-SQL)
Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview
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Returns the offset (position relative to the start of a statement) of specified keywords in Transact-SQL statements to DB-Library applications.
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.
Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.
SET OFFSETS is used only in DB-Library applications.
The setting of SET OFFSETS is set at parse time and not at execute time or run time. Setting at parse time means that if the SET statement is present in the batch or stored procedure, the setting takes effect, regardless of whether code execution actually reaches that point; and the SET statement takes effect before any statements are executed. For example, even if the set statement is in an IF...ELSE statement block that is never reached during execution, the SET statement still takes effect because the IF...ELSE statement block is parsed.
If SET OFFSETS is set in a stored procedure, the value of SET OFFSETS is restored after control is returned from the stored procedure. Therefore, a SET OFFSETS statement specified in dynamic SQL does not have any effect on any statements following the dynamic SQL statement.
SET PARSEONLY returns offsets if the OFFSETS option is ON and no errors occur.