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Arup Nanda On SQL*Plus 10.1

April 28, 2004

Arup Nanda, a Rampant TechPress author and Oracle's DBA of the Year, has a great article on Oracle 10g SQL*Plus:


Nanda notes that you can now show your connected user ID in the SQL*Plus prompt:


"In previous releases you have to do some elaborate coding to get the variable, but not any more. In SQL*Plus, you use:


set sqlprompt "_user _privilege> "


The SQL*Plus prompt shows up as




Nanda also shows how to enhance the SQL*Plus prompt to show the database SID:


"SQL> set sqlprompt "_user 'on' _date 'at' _connect_identifier >"


ANANDA on 06-JAN-04 at SMILEY >


Nanda also notes the new “append” and create” options for the SQL*Plus “spool” and “save” commands:


"select something1 ....

save myscripts

select something else ....

save myscripts append

select yet another thing ....

save myscripts append


spool results.txt append

select something1 ....

spool results1.txt create

select something else ..."



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