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List of indexes and columns for a database.


Do you know the SQL command to get the list of indexes and associated columns for all tables for a given database ?

The following only shows me the table and index name but I would also like to get the colums for each index

SELECT, FROM sysobjects o JOIN sysindexes i ON ( =

Can you pls help



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  • Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    There isn't a single command that will do that.

    There is the sp_helpindex stored procedure which will give you the information on indexes one table at a time, you could call it in a loop, but there is other information in there as well, so the output would be messy.

    You can look at the source code for sp_helpindex to find out how it decodes the key column names.

    use sybsystemprocs


    sp_helptext sp_helpindex


    The core of it is this loop, which builds up a list of the column names in @keys, a varchar(1024) declared earlier.

    ** First we'll figure out what the keys are.
    declare @i int
    declare @thiskey varchar(255)
    declare @sorder char(4)
    declare @lastindid int
    declare @indname varchar(255)

    select @keys = "", @i = 1

    set nocount on

    while @i <= 31
    select @thiskey = index_col(@objname, @indid , @i)

    if (@thiskey is NULL)
    goto keysdone

    if @i > 1
    select @keys = @keys + ", "

    /*select @keys = @keys + index_col(@objname, @indid, @i)*/
    select @keys = @keys + @thiskey

    ** Get the sort order of the column using index_colorder()
    ** This support is added for handling descending keys.
    select @sorder = index_colorder(@objname, @indid, @i)
    if (@sorder = "DESC")
    select @keys = @keys + " " + @sorder

    ** Increment @i so it will check for the next key.
    select @i = @i + 1


    ** When we get here we now have all the keys.
    set nocount off


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