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Using fn_dblog

I like the fn_dblog function even if it is undocumented. It enables you to read from you transaction log which contains very valuable information about stuff that is happening in your database. It is for example the only way I now at this time to determin which object experienced a page split if you search for the LOP_DELETE_SPLIT operation.

FROM ::fn_dblog(NULL, NULL)

This is the usage of that system function you see everywhere, just passing NULL’s for the @start and @end parameters, which could limit the LSN’s (Log Sequence Number) to be searched. It took me some time to figure it out because just passing the output of the function as a parameter simply doesn’t work. You can’t use a LSN like for example 00000073:000020fa:0001 as a value for the parameters, you have to translate the hexadecimal values into its numeric equivalent (115:8442:1).

Let’s show this with some code and because there’s no easy way to make this conversion, I came up with something quick & dirty. At last an example of the actual usage of the parameters of fn_dblog on the web 😉


DECLARE @tbl TABLE (id INT identity(1,1), i VARCHAR(10))

SET @LSN = (SELECT TOP 1 [Current LSN] FROM fn_dblog(NULL, NULL))

SET @stmt = ‘SELECT CAST(0x’ + SUBSTRING(@LSN, 1, 8) + ‘ AS INT)’
INSERT @tbl EXEC(@stmt)
SET @stmt = ‘SELECT CAST(0x’ + SUBSTRING(@LSN, 10, 8) + ‘ AS INT)’
INSERT @tbl EXEC(@stmt)
SET @stmt = ‘SELECT CAST(0x’ + SUBSTRING(@LSN, 19, 4) + ‘ AS INT)’
INSERT @tbl EXEC(@stmt)

SET @LSN_HEX = (SELECT i FROM @tbl WHERE id = 1) + ‘:’ + (SELECT i FROM @tbl WHERE id = 2) + ‘:’ + (SELECT i FROM @tbl WHERE id = 3)

  FROM ::fn_dblog(@LSN_HEX, NULL)


Source: Killspid (http://killspid.blogspot.com)

Reference: Aleksey Fomchenko (https://sqlconsulting.wordpress.com)


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