INF: How to Monitor SQL Server 7.0 Blocking

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SUMMARY

This article documents the use and design of a stored procedure that you can use to diagnose blocking and performance issues. For a description of how to understand and resolve blocking, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
224453 INF: Understanding and Resolving SQL Server 7.0 Blocking Problem
For information about these same issues in SQL Server 2000, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
271509 INF: How to Monitor SQL Server 2000 Blocking

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The sp_blocker_pss70 stored procedure, described in this section, captures the following information:
  • The starting time (according to the computer that is running SQL Server) so that this sampling of blocking can be time-aligned with other performance information, such as a Microsoft Windows NT Performance Monitor log or a SQL Profiler log.

  • Information about connections to SQL Server, by querying the sysprocesses system table.

  • Information about lock resources, by querying the syslockinfo system table.

  • Information about resource waits, by running DBCC SQLPERF(WAITSTATS).

  • The current running SQL Batch for connections that are blocked by others or blocking others, by running DBCC INPUTBUFFER.

  • The ending time, according to the computer that is running SQL Server.
The stored procedure was created with the following optimizations to reduce the effect on performance and blocking by running this stored procedure:
  • There is no output generated unless at least one connection is waiting on a resource.

  • The sysprocesses and syslockinfo system tables from the master database are queried directly, to increase performance and to prevent this stored procedure from becoming blocked. Therefore, this stored procedure is specific to Microsoft SQL Server 7.0.

  • A small worktable is created by the cursor to obtain the DBCC INPUTBUFFER output; this will have no noticeable effect on the usage in the tempdb database.

  • Because the blocking can change while gathering the information, a fast mode exists, which increases performance by decreasing the results to relevant rows of the sysprocesses and syslockinfo system tables.

  • If trying to track non-lock resource waits, a latch mode exists, which causes the lock output to be omitted.
This stored procedure is useful by running it from any query tool. However, Microsoft suggests that you follow these steps to perform blocking analysis:
  1. Create the stored procedure sp_blocker_pss70, which is included at the end of this article, from any query tool while you are connected with a login that has sysadmin privileges on the SQL Server server or the instance of SQL Server that you plan to monitor.
  2. Create a script file with the following query to run the stored procedure in a loop. Note that the delay is between 5 and 60 seconds:
    WHILE 1=1
    BEGIN
       EXEC master.dbo.sp_blocker_pss70
       -- Or for fast mode 
       -- EXEC master.dbo.sp_blocker_pss70 @fast=1
       -- Or for latch mode 
       -- EXEC master.dbo.sp_blocker_pss70 @latch=1
       WAITFOR DELAY '00:00:15'
    END
    GO
    					
  3. This output is very useful when combined with a Microsoft Windows NT Performance Monitor log and a SQL Profiler log, so creating both at the same time is suggested. For information concerning which Profiler and Performance Monitor events to capture, and for information about how to interpret the results, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    224453 INF: Understanding and Resolving SQL Server 7.0 Blocking Problem
  4. Run the script file created in step 2 from either the Isql.exe or Osql.exe query tool from a Windows command prompt on the computer that is running SQL Server that you intend to monitor to prevent networking problems from disconnecting the query tool. Following is an example command line to start Osql.exe, which assumes that the client is run from the computer that is running SQL Server, and that the script file is named Checkblk.sql. Make sure to correct the -S parameter, replace "server" with the name of your SQL Server server, correct the -i parameter, and replace "checkblk.sql" with the path and name to the script file created in step 2.
    osql -E -Sserver -icheckblk.sql -ocheckblk.out -w2000
    						
    Note that you must use the other command line switches for the following reasons:

    • To prevent line wrapping in the output files, which makes it easier to read.
    • To send the output to a file, specified with the -o parameter, instead of to the screen so that if the query tool has problems, you still have output until the query tool fails.
Following is the script you can use to create the sp_blocker_pss70 stored procedure:

use master
GO

if exists (select * from sysobjects where id = object_id('dbo.sp_blocker_pss70') and sysstat & 0xf = 4)
   drop procedure dbo.sp_blocker_pss70
GO

create proc sp_blocker_pss70 (@latch int = 0, @fast int = 1)
as 
--version 13
set nocount on
declare @spid varchar(6)
declare @blocked varchar(6)
declare @time datetime
declare @time2 datetime
declare @time3 datetime
declare @dbname nvarchar(128)
declare @IsDetached tinyint
declare @IsEmergencyMode tinyint
declare @IsInLoad tinyint
declare @IsInRecovery tinyint
declare @IsNotRecovered tinyint
declare @IsOffline tinyint
declare @IsShutDown tinyint
declare @IsSingleUser tinyint
declare @IsSuspect tinyint

set @time = getdate()

select spid, ecid, blocked, waittype, dbid, 'ignore_app' = case 
  when convert(varchar(128),hostname) = 'PSSDIAG' then 1 else 0 end into #probclients
  from master..sysprocesses where blocked!=0 or waittype != 0x0000
create unique clustered index pc on #probclients (blocked, spid, ecid)
set @time3 = getdate()

if exists (select spid from #probclients where ignore_app != 1 or waittype != 0x020B)
begin
   set @time2 = getdate()
   print ''
   print '7 Start time: ' + convert(varchar(26), @time, 121) + ' ' 
     + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time,@time2)) + ' ' + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time,@time3))

   insert #probclients select distinct blocked, 0, 0, 0x0000, 0, 0 from #probclients
   where blocked not in (select spid from #probclients) and blocked != 0

   if (@fast = 1)
   begin
      print ''
      print 'SYSPROCESSES ' + ISNULL (@@servername,'(null)') + ' ' + str(@@microsoftversion)
      select spid, status, blocked, open_tran, waitresource, waittype, 
         waittime, cmd, lastwaittype, cpu, physical_io,
         memusage,last_batch=convert(varchar(26), last_batch,121),
         login_time=convert(varchar(26), login_time,121), net_address,
         net_library, dbid, ecid, kpid, hostname, hostprocess,
         loginame, program_name, nt_domain, nt_username, uid, sid
      from master..sysprocesses
      where blocked!=0 or waittype != 0x0000
         or spid in (select blocked from #probclients where blocked != 0)
         or spid in (select spid from #probclients where blocked != 0)

      print 'ESP ' + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time2,getdate())) 


      print ''
      print 'SYSPROC FIRST PASS'
      select spid, ecid, waittype from #probclients where waittype != 0x0000

      if exists(select blocked from #probclients where blocked != 0)
      begin
         print 'Blocking via locks at ' + convert(varchar(26), @time, 121)
         print ''
         print 'SPIDs at the head of blocking chains'

         select spid from #probclients
         where blocked = 0 and spid in (select blocked from #probclients where spid != 0)
         if @latch = 0
         begin
            print 'SYSLOCKINFO'
            set @time2 = getdate()

            select spid = convert (smallint, req_spid),
               ecid = convert (smallint, req_ecid),
               rsc_dbid As dbid,
               rsc_objid As ObjId,
               rsc_indid As IndId,
               Type = case rsc_type when 1 then 'NUL'
                                    when 2 then 'DB'
                                    when 3 then 'FIL'
                                    when 4 then 'IDX'
                                    when 5 then 'TAB'
                                    when 6 then 'PAG'
                                    when 7 then 'KEY'
                                    when 8 then 'EXT'
                                    when 9 then 'RID' end,
               Resource = substring (rsc_text, 1, 16),
               Mode = case req_mode + 1 when 1 then NULL
                                        when 2 then 'Sch-S'
                                        when 3 then 'Sch-M'
                                        when 4 then 'IS'
                                        when 5 then 'SIU'
                                        when 6 then 'IS-S'
                                        when 7 then 'IX'
                                        when 8 then 'SIX'
                                        when 9 then 'S'
                                        when 10 then 'U'
                                        when 11 then 'IIn-Nul'
                                        when 12 then 'IS-X'
                                        when 13 then 'IU'
                                        when 14 then 'IS-U'
                                        when 15 then 'X'
                                        when 16 then 'BU' end,
               Status = case req_status when 1 then 'GRANT'
                                        when 2 then 'CNVT'
                                        when 3 then 'WAIT' end
            from master.dbo.syslockinfo s,
               #probclients p
            where p.spid = s.req_spid

            print 'ESL ' + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time2,getdate())) 
         end -- latch not set
      end -- blocking via locks
      else
         print 'No blocking via locks at ' + convert(varchar(26), @time, 121)
   end  -- fast set

   else  
   begin  -- Fast not set
      print ''
      print 'SYSPROCESSES ' + ISNULL (@@servername,'(null)') + ' ' + str(@@microsoftversion)

      select spid, status, blocked, open_tran, waitresource, waittype, 
         waittime, cmd, lastwaittype, cpu, physical_io,
         memusage,last_batch=convert(varchar(26), last_batch,121),
         login_time=convert(varchar(26), login_time,121), net_address,
         net_library, dbid, ecid, kpid, hostname, hostprocess,
         loginame, program_name, nt_domain, nt_username, uid, sid
      from master..sysprocesses

      print 'ESP ' + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time2,getdate())) 

      print ''
      print 'SYSPROC FIRST PASS'
      select spid, ecid, waittype from #probclients where waittype != 0x0000

      if exists(select blocked from #probclients where blocked != 0)
      begin 
         print 'Blocking via locks at ' + convert(varchar(26), @time, 121)
         print ''
         print 'SPIDs at the head of blocking chains'
         select spid from #probclients
         where blocked = 0 and spid in (select blocked from #probclients where spid != 0)
         if @latch = 0 
         begin
            print 'SYSLOCKINFO'
            set @time2 = getdate()

            select spid = convert (smallint, req_spid),
               ecid = convert (smallint, req_ecid),
               rsc_dbid As dbid,
               rsc_objid As ObjId,
               rsc_indid As IndId,
               Type = case rsc_type when 1 then 'NUL'
                                    when 2 then 'DB'
                                    when 3 then 'FIL'
                                    when 4 then 'IDX'
                                    when 5 then 'TAB'
                                    when 6 then 'PAG'
                                    when 7 then 'KEY'
                                    when 8 then 'EXT'
                                    when 9 then 'RID' end,
               Resource = substring (rsc_text, 1, 16),
               Mode = case req_mode + 1 when 1 then NULL
                                        when 2 then 'Sch-S'
                                        when 3 then 'Sch-M'
                                        when 4 then 'IS'
                                        when 5 then 'SIU'
                                        when 6 then 'IS-S'
                                        when 7 then 'IX'
                                        when 8 then 'SIX'
                                        when 9 then 'S'
                                        when 10 then 'U'
                                        when 11 then 'IIn-Nul'
                                        when 12 then 'IS-X'
                                        when 13 then 'IU'
                                        when 14 then 'IS-U'
                                        when 15 then 'X'
                                        when 16 then 'BU' end,
               Status = case req_status when 1 then 'GRANT'
                                        when 2 then 'CNVT'
                                        when 3 then 'WAIT' end
            from master.dbo.syslockinfo

            print 'ESL ' + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time2,getdate())) 
         end -- latch not set

      end
      else
         print 'No blocking via locks at ' + convert(varchar(26), @time, 121)

   end -- Fast not set

   print ''
   print 'DBCC SQLPERF(WAITSTATS)'
   dbcc sqlperf(waitstats)
   print ''

   print ''
   Print '*********************************************************************'
   Print 'Print out DBCC INPUTBUFFER for all blocked or blocking spids.'
   Print '*********************************************************************'

   declare ibuffer cursor fast_forward for
   select cast (spid as varchar(6)) as spid, cast (blocked as varchar(6)) as blocked
   from #probclients
   where (spid <> @@spid) and (blocked!=0
      or (waittype != 0x0000 and ignore_app = 0)
      or spid in (select blocked from #probclients where blocked != 0))

   open ibuffer
   fetch next from ibuffer into @spid, @blocked
   while (@@fetch_status != -1)
   begin
      print ''
      exec ('print ''DBCC INPUTBUFFER FOR SPID ' + @spid + '''')
      exec ('dbcc inputbuffer (' + @spid + ')')

      fetch next from ibuffer into @spid, @blocked
   end
   deallocate ibuffer

   Print ''
   Print '*******************************************************************************'
   Print 'Print out DBCC OPENTRAN for active databases for all blocked or blocking spids.'
   Print '*******************************************************************************'
   declare ibuffer cursor fast_forward for
   select distinct cast (dbid as varchar(6)) from #probclients
   where dbid != 0
   open ibuffer
   fetch next from ibuffer into @spid
   while (@@fetch_status != -1)
   begin
      print ''
      set @dbname = db_name(@spid)
      select @IsDetached = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsDetached')
      select @IsEmergencyMode = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsEmergencyMode')
      select @IsInLoad = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsInLoad')
      select @IsInRecovery = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsInRecovery')
      select @IsNotRecovered = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsNotRecovered')
      select @IsOffline = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsOffline')
      select @IsShutDown = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsShutDown')
      select @IsSingleUser = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsSingleUser')
      select @IsSuspect = DATABASEPROPERTY(@dbname,'IsSuspect')

      print 'DBCC OPENTRAN FOR DBID ' + @spid + ' ['+ @dbname + ']'
      if @IsDetached + @IsEmergencyMode + @IsInLoad + @IsInRecovery + @IsNotRecovered + @IsOffline
         + @IsShutDown + @IsSingleUser + @IsSuspect = 0
         dbcc opentran(@dbname)
      else
         print 'Skipped: Status=ID=' + str(@IsDetached,1) + ' IEM=' + str(@IsEmergencyMode,1) + ' IIL=' 
           + str(@IsInLoad,1) + ' IIR=' + str(@IsInRecovery,1) + ' INR' + str(@IsNotRecovered,1) + ' IO=' 
           + str(@IsOffline,1) + ' ISD=' + str(@IsShutDown,1) + ' ISU=' + str(@IsSingleUser,1) + ' IS='
           + str(@IsSuspect,1) 
      print ''
      if @spid = '2' select @blocked = 'Y'
      fetch next from ibuffer into @spid
   end
   deallocate ibuffer
   if @blocked != 'Y' 
   begin
      print ''
      print 'DBCC OPENTRAN FOR DBID  2 [tempdb]'
      dbcc opentran ('tempdb')
   end

   print ''
   print 'End time: ' + convert(varchar(26), getdate(), 121)
end -- All
else
  print '7 No Waittypes: ' + convert(varchar(26), @time, 121) + ' '
    + convert(varchar(12), datediff(ms,@time,@time3)) + ' ' + ISNULL (@@servername,'(null)')
GO 
	

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Article ID: 251004 - Last Review: March 22, 2004 - Revision: 3.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
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