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Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Jul 27, 1999

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Dropping Tables at Beginning of Statement

Question:
I am trying to create a procedure that first drops the table "table" but only if it already exists.

How do I create the statement using "if exists" or something similar to this?

 
Drop table mytable
select * 
into mytable
from othertable
This statement returns an error if the table does not already exist.

Answer:
What you are after is this:

 
IF EXISTS (SELECT name FROM sysobjects WHERE type = 'U')
    DROP TABLE mytable
END
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