Is it possible to execute an sql file (a text file containing several SQL statements) against an oracle database from a bash shell command line (e.g. no graphical GUI and no interactive clients)

Something like: sqlplus -f queries.sql ...

The command is expected to execute all the statements in the queries.sql file and exit with an appropriate exit code (e.g. 0 if all queries executed correctly, nonzero otherwise)


In a shell script:


sqlplus user/pass@server/DATABASE<<THEEND

-- Change "1" to the desired fatal return code

whenever sqlerror exit 1;




Or you can just run:

sqlplus user/pass@server/DATABASE @yoursqlscript

... and put the whenever sqlerror exit 1; at the top of your .sql script(s).

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    +1, you should also use the -L option so that sqlplus will return immediately with an error if it fails to login. – Vincent Malgrat Jun 28 '12 at 15:17
  • The Or part of your answer, with sqlplus user/pass@server/DATABASE @yoursqlscript works putting the statement (with an ending ";") at the beginning of the script – a1an Jun 28 '12 at 15:58

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