Command-Line Utility Program for Oracle

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How to use sqlplus to connect to an Oracle Database located on another host without modifying my own tnsnames.ora

I want to connect to an oracle database located on another host using sqlplus. This page suggested adding an item on my tnsnames to conenct to that database local_SID = (DESCRIPTION = (ADDRESS ...
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Comfortable sqlplus interface?

I found sqlplus'interface is rather outdated. It's quite nice to have some commands or keywords at disposal, but for example no "arrow-up" key for the previous history entry is available. What is a ...
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How to differentiate between SQL and PL/SQL?

I know the question might sound too stupid, but I never understood this part. SQL*Plus works with both SQL and PL/SQL. How do I know whether some code is SQL or PL/SQL? If my code has a for ...
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What is the significance of a semicolon at the end of SQL*Plus commands?

Some statements like create table, insert into etc take a semicolon at the end: CREATE TABLE employees_demo ( employee_id NUMBER(6) , first_name VARCHAR2(20) , last_name ...
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How to make sqlplus output appear in one line?

I have a table with 100 columns. When selecting data in SQL Plus the output wraps, making it difficult to read. What I'd rather like is either a horizontal scroll bar to appear or somehow send the ...
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Why does SQL*PLUS need a slash after CREATE TYPE?

I just had the problem that I defined a Type and tested it in TOAD and all was OK. But running under SQL*PLUS it threw an error. Example: CREATE OR REPLACE TYPE MyType AS OBJECT ( Item1 NUMBER, ...
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Is there any difference between Rem and — comments for SQL*Plus?

On SQL*Plus prompt, both Rem and -- qualify as comment indicators: Rem this is a comment -- this is also a comment create table emp ( id number primary key, name cvarchar2(40)); Is there any ...
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Do I have to retype information every time I make a mistake in SQLPlus

If I make a mistake in SQLPlus while inputting an 'insert into' command, is there a way I can bring this information back up in order to edit it?
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Execute a script with SQLPlus containing blanks, semi-colons, and forward slashes

Occasionally I will get a script that will run fine in SQL Developer or Toad, but requires modification in order to be run successfully from SQL*Plus. Here is a worst case example containing multiple ...
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Connect to sql plus from command line using connection string

Let's say I have a Oracle database. I have a username = x, password = y, database = z. Also I know the port = a, SID = b, Hostname = c. So how do I need to connect correctly? I used many options ...
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If I SET ARRAYSIZE 1 in SQL*Plus, the records are still fetched in pairs. Why?

I thought about writing a simple tail -f like utility to "trace" the progress of some figures within the database: create or replace function tail_f return varchar2_tab pipelined as n number; ...
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How to set an Oracle user's default schema?

I created a few new users in Oracle. However, when running sqlplus, they all need to fully qualified the table names in query. What's the best way to set a default schema for these new users?
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sqlplus consuming 99% CPU

Oracle's installed on one server, I'm running sqlplus on a different (application) server. I've recently encountered a problem getting sqlplus to do anything; it simply spins, consuming 99% CPU even ...
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How to resolve ORA-01031: insufficient priviledges error on Windows installation?

I installed Oracle 11G on my Windows 2008 R2 Server. I also installed Oracle Client Libraries using separate installation media. After the client installation, when I try to log into the database ...
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Sqlplus parameterized query via file

I would like to issue a parameterized to Oracle via sqlplus with all the the parameters provided in a text file. Is there a way to do this? The query has more parameters than is reasonable for a ...
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Calling SQL Loader From SQL Plus

I was wondering if there was a way I can execute a SQL Loader script from SQL Plus. We are using Oracle 10g.
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What is the difference between these two create table statements?

a) SQL> CREATE TABLE xml_tab1(poDoc XMLTYPE); Table created. SQL> desc xml_tab1; Name Null? Type ----------------------------------------- -------- ...
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Message file not found when starting SQLPlus

I've installed Oracle XE 11.2 on Fedora 18 but have trouble starting SQLPlus. It quits with the following error: Error 6 initializing SQL*Plus SP2-0667: Message file sp1<lang>.msb not found ...
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sqlplus Setting the exit code of a script

How can I set the exit code of a script? The following doesn't seem to work WHENEVER SQLERROR EXIT 5 DECLARE retCode number := 0; BEGIN retCode := 30; END; / EXIT :retCode ; Gives the ...
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Execution plan using B+ tree index, but also sorts

I'm using Oracle sqlplus. And I have the following query: SELECT fooID from foo MINUS SELECT fooID from bar; I have created two unclustered B+ tree indexes. One in the field fooIDof the table foo ...
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How do I execute an Oracle SQL script without sqlplus hanging on me?

For an automated task I would very much like to run some SQL scripts and make sure that sqlplus does not hang under any circumstancees, i.e.: If the script contains any named substitution variable ...
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SQL*Plus, @, and relative paths

Somehow, it seems that SQL*Plus (at least on Windows) is unable to locate a script with a relative path when called with @@ and when the path starts with a single or double dot. For example, under ...
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Result on execution of any SQL is number 2

After successful execution of any sql in oracle sql command line it shows 2 like i want to see the table or description of any table it show 2 instead of showing the table. SQL> select * from dual ...
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Why can't we specify group functions in Oracle in the where clause?

SQL> desc tab1 Name Null? Type ----------------------------------------- -------- ---------------------------- ID ...
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Why is SQL*Plus' desc table not showing not null constraints after using dbms_redefinition

I have the following table that I want to redefine: create table tq84_redefinition ( id number primary key, ts1 timestamp not null, ts2 timestamp ); Please note the not null constraint on the ...
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How to Substitute Variables in PostgreSQL

The given Oracle query inserts data into table by substituting variables. How I achieve the same in PostgreSQL? INSERT INTO control_threshold ( threshold_id, group_name, description, sql, ...
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How to create a user with a particular user_id?

Is it possible to specify the user_id of a user while creating it? SQL> create user user1 identified by user1; User created. SQL> select user_id, username from all_users where ...
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sqldeveloper ORA-12505. TNS: listener does not currently know of SID given in connect descriptor

There are similar questions asked and answered in this network related to the error message given in the question, however this problem is a little different from each. I have installed oracle 12c in ...
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Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) locking SYSMAN account

Why does Oracle Enterprise Manager reset my SYSMAN account to LOCKED(TIMED) status? I've tried rebuilding Enterprise Manager, and re-installation of Enterprise Manager, which always works, until the ...
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Is there a setting to suppress C-Style comments appearing as DOC in Oracle Output?

Just again looking at some log from an oracle script, where the developer intended to comment out some part not to add documentation. I don't want that a script containing code like this /* select ...
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Global command to destroy all disconnected data files in Oracle 11g

Is there a global command to delete/purge all disconnected .bdf files in an Oracle 11g R2 database? Here is the scenario: Every user-defined user and user-defined tablespace was deleted from an ...
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ORA-12154 TNS: could not resolve the connect identifier specified with SQLPLUS

I am using Toad to connect my database and its working fine for me . But when i try to connect with the same credential , i am getting the error message as shown below: ORA-12154 TNS: could not ...
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halt on error in a sqlplus script

I am deploying pl/sql code using several sql files that are called with @@file. If a package got a compilation error the script continues to the end. Is there a way to stop on every compilation ...
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How can I alter the output for the sql desc command?

When I do desc table, I get back the columns Name, Null? and Type. What I also wish to get back is a column like UNIQUE to tell me if the column is in fact unique. I realize that this is a ...
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Login Problem as SYSDBA ORA-01031

I have the following problem: I can connect to an Orcale database as normal user or as sysdba: sqlplus myuser/myPw@myDB sqlplus "sys/sysPw@myDB as sysdba" But when another (Windows-User) is logged ...
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SQL*Plus default output format

I have noticed that using the same SQL*Plus client to connect to different Oracle database result in different outputs for the same SQL query. Database 1: C:\Oracle\instantclient_10_2>sqlplus ...
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sql*plus 11.2 client connection to oracle timing out on Linux

One of our DBAs is seeing connection issues with his sql*plus client. Whenever he connects to the Oracle v10g server, the connection seems to time out for no apparent reason. We tried checking ...
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Simple Oracle query hangs depending on WHERE clause

Not used to using Oracle, but we have a large database where a non-unique query like SELECT * FROM employees where department = 'HR' is working, results list up no problem. But when I do ...
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Oracle11.2g post-installation problem on Oracle Linux kernel

[question copied from stackoverflow] After installation of Oracle 11.2g in silent mode on the Oracle Linux kernel, I have the following error: [u01/app/oracle/product/11/bin] $ sqlplus sqlplus ...
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Install Oracle 10.2.0.4 on Windows Server 2012 R2

I have problem with installing Oracle 10.2.0.4 on Windows Server 2012 R2. We are running old 10.2.0.4 instance on Windows Server 2008 R2. Now I have to migrate it to the Windows Server 2012 R2. ...
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Shell: How to time a script running in SQLPlus and kill it after x amount of minutes?

I have a little tool which automatically runs a series of SQL scripts when and outputs to .XLS when an appropriate request is made. However, some SQL scripts need to be ran on a live database, and I ...
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Oracle start database with incorrect password

I have a question regarding starting oracle database with in correct sys password. I have provided incorrect password for sys user and I am still able to start database and execute statements. So ...
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SQLPlus : default define settings

My workstation is Ubuntu 14.04. I have Oracle Express 11g installed. Whenever i run the define command in SQLPlus, is see the define _editor = "ed". Is there a way to change that permanently to gedit ...
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Error ORA-12560 when trying to connect Windows SQL*Plus client to Oracle 11g Linux server

I installed 11g on Centos VM on my mac.I have everything up and working on server.I have included following command I ran on cenos. $lsnrctl status LSNRCTL for Linux: Version 11.2.0.1.0 - Production ...
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SQLPLUS Default Column Widths

For almost all my databases, when I run a SELECT statement, the length of the column displayed is sized to the width of the data being queried. However, I have two databases (Dev and Prod for the ...
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How to make sqlplus prompt longer than 50 chars?

I've set a prompt in my sqlplus glogin.sql a little bit long, mainly because of some internal variables and control sequence. Starting sqlplus I get the following error: String beginning ...
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Can't return data from SQL/Plus and Toad but can from SQL Developer

This one has me stumped. We are running an Oracle 11g on Amazon EC2 and I can connect and query fine with SQL Developer but with Toad and SQL/Plus I can connect but when I try to do a simple select ...
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Oracle not available error with Oracle XE 11.2.0-1.0

I have downloaded Oracle XE 11.2.0-1.0 and installed it on a CentOS 6.3 virtual machine with 1.5GB memory and 3GB of swap. SYS and SYSTEM set to have password 123456. I have set ...
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Encoding problems with sqlplus, Linux

I use sqlplus and all non-Latin characters appear as '?' when I run select queries. When I run insert or update queries with non-Latin characters I get question marks on a web page. select * from ...
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using tnsnames.ora and sqlplus client without installing oracle 11g server on linux client [closed]

I want to create a connection to remote Oracle server using SQLplus client and tnsnames.ora without installing Oracle 11g server on the Linux client. I used debian and bash script to generate reports ...