sp_deletetracertokenhistory (Transact-SQL)

Removes tracer token records from the MStracer_tokens (Transact-SQL) and MStracer_history (Transact-SQL) system tables. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database or at the Distributor on the distribution database.

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sp_deletetracertokenhistory [ @publication= ] 'publication' 
    [ , [ @tracer_id= ] tracer_id ]
    [ , [ @cutoff_date= ] cutoff_date ]
    [ , [ @publisher= ] 'publisher' ] 
    [ , [ @publisher_db= ] 'publisher_db' ]


  • [ **@publication=** ] 'publication'
    Is the name of the publication in which the tracer token was inserted. publication is sysname, with no default.

  • [ **@tracer\_id=** ] tracer_id
    Is the ID of the tracer token to delete. tracer_id is int, with a default value of NULL. If null, then all tracer tokens belonging to the publication are deleted.

  • [ **@cutoff\_date=** ] cutoff_date
    Specifies a cutoff date such that all tracer tokens inserted into the publication before that date are removed. cutoff_date is datetime, with a default value of NULL.

  • [ **@publisher=** ] 'publisher'
    The name of the Publisher. publisher is sysname, with a default of NULL.


    This parameter should only be specified for non-MicrosoftSQL Server Publishers.

  • [ **@publisher\_db=** ] 'publisher_db'
    The name of the publication database. publisher_db is sysname, with a default value of NULL. This parameter is ignored if the stored procedure is executed at the Publisher.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_deletetracertokenhistory is used in transactional replication.

When executing sp_deletetracertokenhistory, you can only specify one of tracer_id or cutoff_date. An error occurs when you specify both parameters.

If you do not execute sp_deletetracertokenhistory to remove tracer token metadata, the information will be removed when the regularly scheduled history cleanup occurs.

Tracer token IDs can be determined by executing sp_helptracertokens (Transact-SQL) or by querying the MStracer_tokens (Transact-SQL) system table.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role, the db_owner fixed database role in the publication database, or db_owner fixed database or replmonitor roles in the distribution database can execute sp_deletetracertokenhistory.