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I'd like to export an Oracle 11g database as a series of SQL statements via the command line. I'd like the functionality of SQL Developer (the process described here https://dba.stackexchange.com/a/10071/7660) but via the command line.

Note that the data must be in a flat file and not a binary format (as with imp/exp or impdp/expdb (Datapump)).

Is this possible? If so, how?

  • May I ask why you need to do this? There is no out-of-the-box way to do this from the command line. – Philᵀᴹ Mar 26 '12 at 8:23
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Depends what you mean by 'from the command line', but you can generate the DDL via the dbms_metadata package (see here for example).

If you want the data as well then you'd then have to roll your own, unless you find a generic script somewhere on the web. Automating the script with dynamic SQL and the data disctionary is certainly possible - it's what SQL*Developer must do ultimtately - it will just need some work to get right, and to handle things like embedded quotes. No quick fix I'm afraid.

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