Here's how to use the derived table technique to generate an automatic script for selecting all columns in a table:
declare @tablename varchar(30) set @tablename = 'products' SELECT stmt FROM ( SELECT -1 AS pos, 'SELECT' AS stmt UNION ALL SELECT ORDINAL_POSITION, CHAR(9) + char(9) + COL_NAME(OBJECT_ID(@tablename), ORDINAL_POSITION) + CASE WHEN ORDINAL_POSITION < (select count(*) from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.columns where table_name = @tablename) THEN ',' ELSE '' END FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS WHERE TABLE_NAME = @tablename AND ORDINAL_POSITION < (select count(*) + 1 from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.columns where table_name = @tablename) UNION ALL SELECT (select count(*) + 2 from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.columns where table_name = @tablename), 'FROM ' + @tablename ) AS st ORDER BY pos
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