I have a table with 20 rows. I want to spool the rows into a text file where rows come side by side in one line and have one space in between to keep them separated. I intend to create a tar.gz file by keeping them in one line.

Sample data:



expected output:

tar cvzf tarfile.tgz file1 file2 file3

  • Please provide provide your expected output and some sample data.
    – atokpas
    Mar 13, 2017 at 4:06
  • added some description please go through and help. Mar 13, 2017 at 4:31

1 Answer 1


You can use the following query to get all rows in single row.

SELECT 'tar cvzf tarfile.tgz ' || LISTAGG(col1, ' ') WITHIN GROUP (ORDER BY col1)
FROM your_table_name;

Sample Data:

SQL> select * from tbl1;

file 1
file 2
file 3


tar cvzf file 1 file 2 file 3

To spool-

SQL> set heading off
SQL> spool 'output.txt'
SQL> SELECT 'tar cvzf tarfile.tgz ' || LISTAGG(col1, ' ') WITHIN GROUP (ORDER BY col1)
     FROM your_table_name;
SQL> spool off

Here is the fiddle.

  • Command works perfectly but I am getting kind of a warning message tar: Removing leading `/' from member names Mar 13, 2017 at 4:59
  • It is related to the OS command tar. You might have unsupported commands in your output. Please verify that output only contains supported commands. Or post that as question in unix/liux site.
    – atokpas
    Mar 13, 2017 at 5:17
  • I sorted that out. Now a new error is coming. I do not know if this is ignorable. tar: /u01/app/oracle/oradata/db5/sysaux01.dbf: file changed as we read it I plan to use this tar.gz for database recovery purposes so will this cause problems? Mar 13, 2017 at 5:25
  • 1
    If you are looking at database recovery, I suggest you lean about RMAN
    – BobC
    Mar 14, 2017 at 2:14
  • @GirishSunkara: yes, that will cause a lot of problems. Oracle has its own backup tool. Check the Database Backup and Recovery User's Guide
    – miracle173
    May 22, 2017 at 12:19

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