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       defncopy - extract procedures and views from a Microsoft server.


       defncopy [-U username] [-P password] [-S server] [-D database]
              [-i input_file] [-o output_file] [-v]
             [owner.]object_name [[owner.]object_name...]


       defncopy  is  a utility program distributed with FreeTDS. It replaces a similar program of
       the same name distributed by Sybase.

       defncopy reads the text of a stored procedure or view, and writes a  script  suitable  for
       recreating  the  procedure  or  view.  For  tables,  it  reads  the  output of sp_help and
       constructs a CREATE TABLE statement, complete with CREATE INDEX, too.


       owner  is optional if you or the database owner is the owner of the  procedure/view  being

              is the name of the system object you wish to extract.


       -U username
              database server login name.

       -P password
              database server password.

       -S server
              database server to which to connect.

       -D database
              database  to use. Optional if the procedure/view being extracted is in your default

       -i input_file
              a script to apply to the database. Not currently implemented.

       -o output_file
              a file to hold the script, defaults to standard output.

       -v     Show version information and copyright notice.


       defncopy is a filter; it reads from standard input, writes to standard output, and  writes
       errors to standard error. The -i and -o options override these, of course.

       defncopy  makes  use  of  the  db-lib  API provided by FreeTDS. This API is of course also
       available to application developers.


       defncopy exits 0 on success, and >0 if the server cannot process the query.

       defncopy will report any errors returned by the server, but will continue processing.


       defncopy first appeared in FreeTDS 0.63.


       The defncopy utility was written by James K. Lowden <>


       Works only with Microsoft servers and ancient Sybase servers.

       Does not create primary keys.

       Many options are defined by Sybase that this version does  not  implement.  Feel  free  to
       correct this situation.

       In  theory,  defncopy  could  apply/produce DDL for any system object, but at present only
       tables, procedures and views are supported, and only for extraction.