This preface lists changes in the SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference
The following are changes in the SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference for SQL*Plus Release 12.2.
The following features are new in this release:
Support for command history
SQL*Plus now supports command history. The command history feature enables users to run, edit, or delete previously used SQL*Plus, SQL, or PL/SQL commands from the history list in the current session.
See SHOW HISTORY
Support for long identifiers
SQL*Plus now supports object lengths of 128 bytes. In previous releases, the object length limit was 30 bytes.
Commands to improve performance
SQL*Plus has new commands that improve performance in certain cases. The new commands enable users to control row and LOB prefetching, as well as statement caching.
New Administrative Privilege
The SQLPLUS and CONNECT commands now support the new user privilege SYSRAC as well as the existing SYSBACKUP |SYSDG | SYSKM |SYSASM |SYSDBA |SYSOPER privileges.
Support for input binding by using the VARIABLE command. The VARIABLE command now supports input binding which can be used in SQL and PL/SQL statements.
Support for CSV format data. The SET MARKUP command now has a CSV option to output data in CSV format.
The SET FEEDBACK command has an ONLY option to display the number of rows selected. No data is displayed.
SQL*Plus command-line option –AC sets the Application Continuity flag for the session. For more information about Application Continuity, see the Oracle Call Interface Programmer's Guide.
SQL*Plus command-line option –F[ast] changes the values of the following default settings:
ARRAYSIZE = 100
LOBPREFETCH = 16384
PAGESIZE = 50000
ROWPREFETCH = 2
STATEMENTCACHE = 20
These settings improve general performance.
Some features previously described in this document are desupported in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2). See Oracle Database Upgrade Guide for a list of desupported features.