Searching a string in stored procedure definitions fails when the definition is too long

I run this query to find references to MyTable in the stored procedures in my data base:


However, I did not find anything, the problem is that ROUTINE_DEFINITION is limited to 4000 characters and the SP that operated on MyTable was longer. Using View Dependencies on the table did not work.

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  • My question: Is there any way to access to the whole stored procedure definition when it is longer than 4.000 characters?

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Searching a string in stored procedure definitions fails when the definition is too long”

    Can you try with sysobjects and syscomments

    FROM sysobjects O
    JOIN syscomments C ON =
    WHERE C.[text] LIKE '%MyTable%'

    UPDATE: As suggested by marc_s, you can use sys.procedures and sys.sql_modules to get the definitions:

    SELECT DISTINCT p.[name], m.[definition]
    FROM sys.procedures p 
    JOIN sys.sql_modules m ON m.[object_id] = p.[object_id]
    WHERE m.[definition] LIKE '%MyTable%'
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