Procedure to drop all user-created indexes of given table

Here is a simple stored procedure I created -- called Sp_Dropindexes -- that allows you to drop all user-created indexes of a given table. Sp_ Dropindexes takes a single parameter (@objname) and drops all of its user-created indexes.

Note that I created this procedure in SQL Server 2000 using temporary tables. Here goes:

-- Scripted by Sachin Wable 
-- Use this script to Drop All user created indexes giving 
-- table name as Parameter 

CREATE proc sp_Dropindex 
   @objname nvarchar(776) 
declare @NAME varchar(50), 
   @objid int, 
   @dbname sysname 
if @dbname is not null and @dbname <> db_name() 
   return (1) 
select @objid = object_id(@objname) 
if @objid is NULL 
   return (1) 

declare db cursor for 
select name from sysindexes where 
id=(select id from sysobjects where type ='u' and name=@objname) 
and indid > 0 and indid < 255 and (status & 64)=0 

open db 
fetch next from db INTO @NAME 
if @@fetch_status = -1 
   raiserror(15472,-1,-1) --'Object does not have any indexes.' 
   close db     
   deallocate db 
   return (1) 

while @@fetch_status=0 
   if @@fetch_status=0 
   exec('Drop index '+@objname+'.'+@name) 
   fetch next from db INTO @NAME 
   close db     
   deallocate db 

Reader feedback

Art D. notes: "This

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SP will drop PK's too, as well as indices on system tables."

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This was first published in November 2001

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