First of all we shouldn’t use the system stored procedure sp_depends for this as it is not reliable. For more details on sp_depends you can refer to the article sp_depends results are not reliable.
For this in Sql server 2008 new Dynamic Management Function sys.dm_sql_referencing_entities is introduced. This dynamic management function provides all the entities in the current database that refer to the specified table.
Let us understand this with an example. First create a table, then a stored procedure which references the table.
CREATE DATABASE DemoSQLHints GO USE DemoSQLHints GO CREATE TABLE dbo.Employee (Id int IDENTITY(1,1), FirstName NVarchar(50), LastName NVarchar(50)) GO INSERT INTO dbo.Employee(FirstName, LastName) VALUES('BASAVARAJ','BIRADAR') GO CREATE PROCEDURE dbo.GetEmployeeDetails AS BEGIN SELECT * FROM dbo.Employee END GO
Now we can use a script like below to find all entities in the current database that refer to the table dbo.Employee:
SELECT referencing_schema_name, referencing_entity_name, referencing_id, referencing_class_desc FROM sys.dm_sql_referencing_entities ('dbo.Employee', 'OBJECT') GO
Note: 1) This Dynamic Management Function is introduced as a part of Sql Server 2008. So above script works in Sql Server version 2008 and above.
2) While specifying the table name please include schema name also, otherwise result will not display the dependencies.
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Please correct me if my understanding is not correct. Comments are always welcome.