Please start any new threads on our new site at We've got lots of great SQL Server experts to answer whatever question you can come up with.

 All Forums
 Other Forums
 SQL Server 6.5 \ SQL Server 7.0
 how to alter column in 6.5?

Author  Topic 

Posting Yak Master

212 Posts

Posted - 2010-02-05 : 03:07:41

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

One can never consent to creep,when one feels an impulse to soar


22859 Posts

Posted - 2010-02-05 : 04:03:51
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.
Go to Top of Page

- Advertisement -