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The SQL*Plus Break Command

 I can add some flash to this report by using the SQL*Plus BREAK command.  The BREAK command tells SQL*Plus to print a column once, then wait for the column to change.  Each time the column changes, SQL*Plus will print the new value once after skipping the defined number of lines.  Since this is another SQL*Plus command, it goes before the query in our script.  I am going to implement the BREAK command on the Store Name and skip two lines between stores. 

* state_report.sql 
-- Books, By Store, Filter by State, with Break
-- state_report.sql 
set pages 999 line 74 feedback off verify off 
accept statecode prompt "Enter a State: "
column c1 heading "Store Name" format a28
column c2 heading "Book Title" format a34
break on c1 skip 2
select distinct
  initcap (store_name) c1,
  initcap (book_title) c2
  sales join store on (store.store_key = sales.store_key)
        join book  on (sales.book_key = book.book_key)
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