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sys.sysmessages (Transact-SQL)

Contains one row for each system error or warning that can be returned by the SQL Server Database Engine. The Database Engine displays the error description on the user's screen.

Important noteImportant

This SQL Server 2000 system table is included as a view for backward compatibility. We recommend that you use the current SQL Server system views instead. To find the equivalent system view or views, see Mapping SQL Server 2000 System Tables to SQL Server 2005 System Views. This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

Column name

Data type

Description

error

int

Unique error number.

severity

tinyint

Severity level of the error.

dlevel

smallint

Identified for informational purposes only. Not supported. Future compatibility is not guaranteed.

description

nvarchar(255)

Explanation of the error with placeholders for parameters.

msglangid

smallint

System message group ID.

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