SET OFFSETS (Transact-SQL)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)yesAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Returns the offset (position relative to the start of a statement) of specified keywords in Transact-SQL statements to DB-Library applications.

Important

This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

Syntax


SET OFFSETS keyword_list { ON | OFF }  

Arguments

keyword_list
Is a comma-separated list of Transact-SQL constructs including SELECT, FROM, ORDER, TABLE, PROCEDURE, STATEMENT, PARAM, and EXECUTE.

Remarks

SET OFFSETS is used only in DB-Library applications.

The setting of SET OFFSETS is set at parse time and not at execute time or run time. Setting at parse time means that if the SET statement is present in the batch or stored procedure, the setting takes effect, regardless of whether code execution actually reaches that point; and the SET statement takes effect before any statements are executed. For example, even if the set statement is in an IF...ELSE statement block that is never reached during execution, the SET statement still takes effect because the IF...ELSE statement block is parsed.

If SET OFFSETS is set in a stored procedure, the value of SET OFFSETS is restored after control is returned from the stored procedure. Therefore, a SET OFFSETS statement specified in dynamic SQL does not have any effect on any statements following the dynamic SQL statement.

SET PARSEONLY returns offsets if the OFFSETS option is ON and no errors occur.

Permissions

Requires membership in the public role.

See Also

SET Statements (Transact-SQL)
SET PARSEONLY (Transact-SQL)