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Object list tab

  • Opened from: Home tab
  • Applicable tab-specific toolbar actions:
    • Refresh information from database. Also updates information about the current object type on the Home tab.
    • Export to Excel
    • Copy selection to clipboard
    • Show all, new and changed, new, changed objects
    • Jump to the next, previous change
    • Select all, none, invert selection on the left, all, none, invert selection on the right side
    • Merge left selected objects to the right side, right selected objects to the left side
    • Delete selected objects on the right side, selected objects on the right side
  • Applicable object types: all

This tab lists all objects of some particular type - tables, views, etc. Allows to identify whether some object is new, changed or unchanged. Note that for tables and views it does not provide information about data/content changes, only about object definitions (like changed column data type for tables or changed select statement for views).

for SQLite, object list tab

Each object name cell has a hyperlink that opens table structure diff tab for tables (except virtual tables) and text diff tab for all other object types. Object name cell can also contain some additional action buttons for tables and views:

  • opens text diff with SQL script for the given table
  • opens query result diff with select top 1000 records statement for the given table/view
  • opens data diff for the given table/view
  • opens data diff for the given table/view filtered only to new and changed records

Table definition name may also have one of the following additional labels:

  • this is a Virtual table. Such table definition can not be altered. Click on table name opens Text diff tab instead of Table structure diff
  • this is probably a Shadow table related to some Virtual table. KS DB Merge Tools currently performs only table name checks for a shadow table (1st two points from this list), it does not perform validation of xShadowName. Such tables can be changed by KS DB Merge Tools, both table definition and data, but both Table structure diff and Data diff tabs will show a red warning label containing text like This can be a shadow table used by "Virtual table name" virtual table. Any changes can be undesirable. In most cases shadow tables should not be changed by user/application, they should be managed by SQLite virtual tables.

Vertical toolbar between two panels contains additional tab-specific actions:

  • Replace selected on the right with selected on the left
  • Replace selected on the left with selected on the right
  • Compare two selected objects
  • Show table DL (foreign key dependency level) toggle makes visible DL column for tables. This value may help to understand the order of tables in the table merge script generated by the application. See Table DL for more information.
  • Show text preview in the bottom

When bottom text preview is active, it contains three more actions:

  • Show tab and space characters (the state of this toggle is synchronized with the same toggle in the Text diff tab)
  • Show text preview line totals
  • Show text preview selected line

At the top of the object list it shows changes summary for each side: total count of objects, new, changed and new+changed count. It also shows the number of selected records.

Also the top panel has a small quick filter button that allows to filter object list by name. This can be very convenient for large object lists. This action is also available with Alt+F keyboard shortcut.

Each object name has a selection checkbox nearby - so you can select the object with the mouse or with the Space button from the keyboard and do some further actions with the selected object - merge, delete, etc. Merge, Delete and Replace actions may have some limitations:

  • If on Home tab object type was marked as MERGE NEW ONLY then replace action is not available and merge action is allowed only for new objects
  • Replace is not available for Table definitions and Pragmas

Once you have selected number of rows and clicked merge, replace or delete toolbar button, it will show you the Execute script dialog that will contain SQL script with desired action, so you can review it before apply:

for SQL Server, execute merge script dialog

At the bottom panel it shows information about selected object - either object name with create/update date/time or text preview.

For Pragmas all available information is presented in additional columns and bottom text preview and there is no link to text diff for detailed object definition.

See also:

Free version limitations:

  • Object name action buttons - available only for Table definitions, and only data diff actions
  • No bottom panel with text preview or selected object details
  • No Excel export
  • No jump to the next/previous change
  • No changes highlight in scrollbar
  • Not available 'Compare two selected objects' and 'Show table DL' for table definitions
  • No top panel quick filter

Last updated: 2024-04-23