Viewing Server Messages and Errors

When you run a query against a database server, it returns a response to the client. There are three types of server response to a SQL query:

  • Tabular data
  • Status (info) message
  • Error

Tabular data is displayed in the data editor. Status messages and errors are logged to the Output window. Errors are not only logged to the Output window they are also shown in the Error List window.

Using Output Window

The following image represents a general view of the Output window.

Output window


Depending on the product, the Output window appearance may vary.

Output Panes

The window can contain up to four output panes (depending on the specific product):

  • The General pane contains most output messages, not only from a database server but from the application itself.
  • The SQL Log pane displays all SQL queries executed by an application during the current session. However, you need to turn on the Write queries sent by the program to SQL Log option to see those queries. This option is located at Tools > Options > Environment > Output.

As you can see from the above screenshot, server errors are also logged to the Output window. And you can navigate to the place of an error by double-clicking it on the shortcut menu.

Searching Output Messages

You can search text in the Output window. To find specific text, do the following:

  1. Focus the Output window.
  2. To open the Find and Replace window, press CTRL+F.
  3. Enter the search text and press ENTER or click Search.

Using Error List Window

When something goes wrong, typically you see an error. If this is a user or a database server error, such as a mistyped query, in most cases you will see it in the Error List window.

Here is an example of an error displayed in the Error List window.

Error list

Error List shows not only errors but also warnings and informational messages which require user attention. A warning is a non-blocking error. And an informational message is just a user notification.

You can filter messages by type using appropriate buttons on the toolbar of the Error List window.

You can navigate to the place of an error by double-clicking it in the list or by selecting Go to Error on the shortcut menu.

How to View Errors from Current Document Only

Error List aggregates all error messages in the application. And if you have multiple open documents with errors, the error processing can quickly become awkward.

Also, the window has another filter option - In Active Document. This option allows viewing only those errors that are located in the current document window.