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SQL *Plus Commands


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SQL *Plus Commands

SQL*Plus is a command line interface to the Oracle Database. From SQL*Plus, one can issue SQL, PL/SQL and special SQL*Plus commands.

A D V E R T I S E M E N T

SQL*Plus provides a user-friendly interface which allows you to define and manipulate data in an Oracle database. SQL*Plus adheres to all SQL standards and contains some Oracle-specific add-ons. The "Plus" in SQL*Plus refers to an extension of SQL. SQL*Plus commands allow a user to manipulate and submit SQL statements. Specifically, they enable a user to:

  • Enter, edit, store, retrieve, and run SQL statements
  • List the column definitions for any table
  • Format, perform calculations on, store, and print query results in the form of reports
  • Access and copy data between SQL databases

The following is a list of SQL*Plus commands and their functions:

  • / - Execute the current SQL statement in the buffer - same as RUN
  • ACCEPT - Accept a value from the user and place it into a variable
  • APPEND - Add text to the end of the current line of the SQL statement in the buffer
  • AUTOTRACE - Trace the execution plan of the SQL statement and gather statistics
  • BREAK - Set the formatting behavior for the output of SQL statements
  • BTITLE - Place a title on the bottom of each page in the printout from a SQL statement
  • CHANGE - Replace text on the current line of the SQL statement with new text
  • CLEAR - Clear the buffer
  • COLUMN - Change the appearance of an output column from a query
  • COMPUTE - Does calculations on rows returned from a SQL statement
  • CONNECT - Connect to another Oracle database or to the same Oracle database under a different user name
  • COPY - Copy data from one table to another in the same or different databases
  • DEL - Delete the current line in the buffer
  • DESCRIBE - List the columns with datatypes of a table
  • EDIT - Edit the current SQL statement in the buffer using an external editor such as vi or emacs
  • EXIT - Exit the SQL*Plus program
  • GET - Load a SQL statement into the buffer but do not execute it
  • HELP - Obtain help for a SQL*Plus command (In some installations)
  • HOST - Drop to the operating system shell
  • INPUT - Add one or more lines to the SQL statement in the buffer
  • LIST - List the current SQL statement in the buffer
  • QUIT - Exit the SQL*Plus program
  • REMARK - Place a comment following the REMARK keyword
  • RUN - Execute the current SQL statement in the buffer
  • SAVE - Save the current SQL statement to a script file
  • SET - Set a variable to a new value
  • SHOW - Show the current value of a variable
  • SPOOL - Send the output from a SQL statement to a file
  • START - Load a SQL statement located in a script file and then run that SQL statement
  • TIMING - Used to time the execution of SQL statements for performance analysis
  • TTITLE - Place a title on the top of each page in the printout from a SQL statement
  • UNDEFINE - Delete a user defined variable

SQL*Plus commands are proprietary to the Oracle SQL*Plus tool. SQL is a standard language that can be used in just about any Relational Database Management System (RDBMS).



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