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SQL*Plus provides basic command-line interface to Oracle instances. Programmers and DBAs commonly use it as the default available fundamental interface in almost any Oracle software installation, which includes running SQL and PL/SQL commands interactively or from a script.

Commands run from sqlplus fall under three(3) categories:

  • SQL Statements
  • PL/SQL Blocks
  • SQL*Plus internal commands

For more information see the 11g SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference (pdf).

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