The default output (text) width in sybase isql is 80. It can be changed with the -w flag when isql is started on a command line:

isql -w 200 -S... -U... -P...

Now, I am wondering if there is a possibility to change the text width when I am already connected. I would have expected something like

1> set columnwidth 200
2> go

or something similar. Yet, in the documentation I am unable to find something in this direction. So, does that mean that this is impossible or am I looking in the wrong place?

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I think it is not possible to change dynamically this parameter. I have found this article:

How do I pipe the output of one isql to another.

There, you can look at the other utilities to use in this scenario (sqsh, for example). Luck.


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