Execute NHibernate-generated prepared statements in SQL Server Management Studio

Configuring NHibernate to display executed SQL does what it's supposed to, but whenever a SQL string needs to be copy-pasted into SQL Server Management Studio, we have to rearrange it dramatically in order to be compatible.

Before I dive into developing my own application that parses and rearranges this into a more ManagementStudio-friendly SQL, I'd like to reassert that this hasn't been done before - I'd hate to spend time on this and find out later.

Is there a cheap and practicable way of converting the NH-generated prepared statement into something that's executable straight away?

Thanks in advance


I know you can do this with nhibernate profiler but this is not a free tool. I would also be interested in a free alternative to doing this.



Looks like there is a custom appender out there for log4net that will format it such that you can actually run the sql NHibernate spits out. I saw it in the blog listed below:


Below is the code I have taken from the above blog and modified to work with Guids:

/// <summary>
/// This log4net appender is used for outputting NHibernate sql statements in a sql management studio friendly format.
/// This means you should be able to copy the sql output from this appender and run it directly.  Normally in the NHibernate
/// output there is parameterized sql that must be manually edited to run it.
/// </summary>
public class NHibernateSqlAppender : ForwardingAppender
    private const string GuidRegex = @"\b[A-F0-9]{8}(?:-[A-F0-9]{4}){3}-[A-F0-9]{12}\b";

    protected override void Append(LoggingEvent loggingEvent)
        var loggingEventData = loggingEvent.GetLoggingEventData();

        if (loggingEventData.Message.Contains("@p"))
            StringBuilder messageBuilder = new StringBuilder();

            string message = loggingEventData.Message;
            var queries = Regex.Split(message, @"command\s\d+:");

            foreach (var query in queries)

            loggingEventData.Message = messageBuilder.ToString();

        base.Append(new LoggingEvent(loggingEventData));

    public static string ReplaceQueryParametersWithValues(string query)
        string returnQuery = Regex.Replace(query, @"@p\d+(?=[,);\s])(?!\s*=)", match =>
            Regex parameterValueRegex = new Regex(string.Format(@".*{0}\s*=\s*(.*?)\s*[\[].*", match));
            return parameterValueRegex.Match(query).Groups[1].ToString();

        //Place single quotes around all Guids in the sql string
        returnQuery = Regex.Replace(returnQuery, GuidRegex, "'$0'", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);

        int parameterListIndex = returnQuery.LastIndexOf("@p0");

        if (parameterListIndex != -1)
            //Truncate the paramter list off the end since we are substituting the actual values in the regular expression above
            //The -1 also cuts off the semicolon at the end
            return returnQuery.Substring(0, parameterListIndex).Trim();

        return returnQuery.Trim();

Here is how you would send this output to the console:

<appender name="NHibernateSqlAppender" type="NHibernatePlayground.Custom.NHibernateSqlAppender, NHibernatePlayground">
    <appender-ref ref="console" />

    <appender-ref ref="NHibernateSqlAppender" />

It appears this causes some fairly significant performance issues in a production system. I haven't found a better way to do this yet but for anyone using this beware of these performance issues

I haven't used this in a while but I believe using an interceptor would fit your criteria.

using NHibernate;
using System.Diagnostics;

public class SqlStatementInterceptor : EmptyInterceptor
    public override NHibernate.SqlCommand.SqlString OnPrepareStatement(NHibernate.SqlCommand.SqlString sql)
        return sql;

Credit goes to user mindplay.dk here.

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