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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Calling SqlPlus From Unix Shell Script

In this post we will discuss how we can call sqlplus from within a unix shell script. Here is a post on how to read concurrent program parameters from shell script and this is a continuation to that.
The syntax to call a SQLPLUS from shell script is

sqlplus -s $login <<-EOF
set feedback off
set serveroutput on
-- variable declarations
--sql statements..

In the syntax above,
$login is the unix variable which stores username/password.
EOF is the identifier to indicate start and end of sql statements.
UNIX variables can be referred inside sqlplus by using $ sign. Any dbms_output.put_line statements are printed in the log file if script is run through concurrent program.


Ash said...


When I pass a value through the concurrent manager to my shell script I capture using the following statement

`echo $parameters|cut -d" " -f9|cut -d"=" -f2.

But the value I capture is always surrounded by double quotes. How can I capture without double quotes?


Suresh Vaishya said...

If you want to read parameters from concurrent manager then $1 is the variable that stores all the information.
Refer to my post

Let me know if you still have any questions.

swati said...

Why do we use this '-s' option with sqlplus?..

Suresh Vaishya said...

-s is silent, basically it suppreses the oracle banner and runs it in silent mode.

gsrabinandan said...

Hello Suresh, thanks for your variable tips. How can i store the output of the sqlplus query into a variable in the Shell script?

I need to do something like countdownload='sqlplus .....$login...

and use $countdownload later in the shell script.

Suresh Vaishya said...

Please refer to my post
Store SQLPLUS output to a variable in Unix Shell Script

Anonymous said...

Hi it possible to access a shell array variable inside sqlplus body?

Suresh Vaishya said...

May be its useful

The other option would be to use Java wrapper which I am not aware of much.


Suresh Vaishya said...

Another post from AskTom using Java


Sajesh P said...

Hello Suresh ,

Bolg is gr8 , good info ...

I was trying to invoke sqlplus session from Shell .

login=`(echo $1 | cut -f3 -d' ' | cut -f2 -d= | tr -d '"' )`

V_START=`sqlplus -s $login <<!
set echo off
set feedback off
set heading off
set pagesize 0
select 'START' from dual;
echo $V_START

# Execute the query
sqlplus -s $login <<!
set feedback off
set serveroutput on
exception when others then

The log prints "Start" but the dbms statement and echo "complete" does not print on the log file

I am not sure what I am missing .


siva said...

I am calling procedure from one Unix with different set of parameters (like threads - once thread for each set of parameters). How to know, how many threads are running each time - I want to limit the no of threads ?

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