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 how to alter column in 6.5?
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Posted - 02/05/2010 :  03:07:41  Show Profile  Visit rammohan's Homepage  Send rammohan an AOL message  Reply with Quote

i want to alter a column in sqlserver 6.5, i want to increase the length of column.

follwing code throwing error :

ALTER TABLE Trace ALTER COLUMN [Message] varchar(8000)
::in correct syntaxt near column.

please show me a way

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Posted - 02/05/2010 :  04:03:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think you have to rebuild the whole table to extend a column, don't you?

Drop constaints and foreign keys

Create a new, temporary, table with desired changes

Reapply constraints

INSERT INTO TempTable SELECT * FROM OriginalTable

Drop original table

Rename TempTable to OriginalTable

Reapply PK and indexes and FKeys

Personally I would make the changes in Table Designer in a more recent version of SQL, script the change, and then apply the script to the old database.
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