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The SQL*Plus (pronounced "sequel plus") User's Guide and Reference introduces the SQL*Plus program and its uses. It also provides a detailed description of each SQL*Plus command.

Audience

This Guide addresses business and technical professionals who have a basic understanding of the SQL database language. If you do not have any familiarity with this database tool, you should refer to the Oracle7 Server SQL Language Reference Manual. If you plan to use the PL/SQL database language in conjunction with SQL*Plus, refer to the PL/SQL User's Guide and Reference for information on using PL/SQL.

How to Use this Guide

Refer to the following tables for a list of topics covered by this Guide, a description of each topic, and the number of the chapter that covers the topic.

PART I Understanding SQL*Plus

Topic Description Chapter Number
Introduction Gives an overview of SQL*Plus, instructions on using this Guide, and information on what you need to run SQL*Plus. 1
Learning SQL*Plus Basics Explains how to start SQL*Plus and enter and execute commands. You learn by following step-by-step examples using sample tables. 2
Manipulating Commands Also through examples, helps you learn to edit commands, save them for later use, and write interactive commands. 3
Formatting Query Results Explains how you can format columns, clarify your report with spacing and summary lines, define page dimensions and titles, and store and print query results. Also uses step-by-step examples. 4
Accessing Databases Tells you how to connect to default and remote databases, and how to copy data between databases and between tables on the same database. Includes one example. 5

PART II Reference

Topic Description Chapter Number
Command Reference Gives you a SQL*Plus command summary and detailed descriptions of each SQL*Plus command in alphabetical order. 6
COPY Command Messages and Codes Lists copy command error messages, their causes, and appropriate actions for error recovery. Appendix A
Release 3.3 Enhancements Describes enhancements to SQL*Plus in Release 3.3. Appendix B
SQL*Plus Limits Lists the maximum values for elements of SQL*Plus. Appendix C
SQL Command List Provides a list of major SQL commands and clauses. Appendix D
Security Explains how to restrict users' access to certain SQL*Plus and SQL commands. Appendix E
SQL*Plus Commands from Earlier Releases Provides information on SQL*Plus commands from earlier Releases. Appendix F
Glossary Defines technical terms associated with Oracle and SQL*Plus. Glossary

Related Publications

Related documentation includes the following publications:

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For documentation questions/comments, contact:

SQL*Plus Documentation Manager
Research & Development
Oracle Systems Australia Pty Ltd
324 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
Australia
+61 3 9209 1600 (telephone)
+61 3 9699 1259 (fax)

For product questions/comments, contact:

SQL*Plus Product Manager
Research & Development
Oracle Systems Australia Pty Ltd
324 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
Australia
+61 3 9209 1600 (telephone)
+61 3 9699 1259 (fax)




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