FIX: The ghost row clean-up thread does not remove ghost rows on some data files of a database in SQL Server 2005
Bug #: 50000789 (SQL Hotfix)
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2005 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2005 fix release.
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This article describes the following about this hotfix release:
- The issues that are fixed by this hotfix package
- The prerequisites for installing the hotfix package
- Information about whether you must restart the computer after you install the hotfix package
- Information about whether the hotfix package is replaced by any other hotfix package
- Information about whether you must make any registry changes
- The files that are contained in the hotfix package
In SQL Server 2005, the ghost row clean-up thread does not remove ghost rows on some data files of a database. This problem may occur when the database has two or more data files. When the ghost row clean-up thread runs again, the thread starts from the first data file.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
PrerequisitesYou must have SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed to apply this hotfix.
For more information about how to obtain SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
913089 How to obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2005
Restart informationYou must restart the SQL Server service after you apply this hotfix.
Registry informationYou do not have to change the registry.
Hotfix file informationThis hotfix contains only those files that are required to correct the issues that this article lists. This hotfix may not contain of all the files that you must have to fully update a product to the latest build.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
|File name||File version||File size||Date||Time||Platform|
To work around this problem, run the DBCC SHRINKFILE command together with the EMPTYFILE argument against the data files that contain ghost rows.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
The ghost row clean-up thread performs the clean-up operations in a series of batch changes.
After you use the workaround that is described in the "Workaround" section, all data except the ghost rows in data files is migrated to other data files.
This hotfix is also included in the cumulative update package (build 3161) for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935356 Cumulative update package (build 3161) for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is available
For more information about the DBCC SHRINKFILE command, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
822499 New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packagesFor more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Article ID: 932115 - Last Review: 12/09/2015 09:37:05 - Revision: 2.0
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