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Posted - 09/23/2005 :  19:41:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I need to know how does sql server locks the rows of a select.

With a statement like this:

select max(numero_reg)
from cont_registro with (holdlock,rowlock)
where serial_dia = 15

//// do my stuff


Is sql server locking all the rows of the where clause
"where serial_dia = 15"


Is sql server locking ONLY one row that complies whit
"max(numero_reg)" and has "serial_dia = 15"

Please help

Santiago G.

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Posted - 09/23/2005 :  19:44:14  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You should begin tran until after your SELECT statement. All data gathering should be outside of the transaction.

SQL Server starts at row-level locking and escalates as needed. You can read all about locking in SQL Server Books Online if you need detailed information about it.

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Posted - 09/23/2005 :  19:48:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Could you be more specific (like an example), since I have read a lot of information about locking and i don't understand it very well.

What i need is to lock all rows from table cont_registro that have serial_dia = 15.

Santiago G.
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Posted - 09/23/2005 :  20:20:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
SQL Server may not put a rowlock on those rows, it might use a page lock instead. It all depends.

You can change (or try to change) sql servers locking behavior by using locking hints. Check BOL for details, here is a start:

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