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SQL*Plus Command History Key Display

Oracle Tips by Kamran Agayev Agamehdi

March 15, 2015

Question:  I know that I can repeat my previous SQL*Plus commands in Windows but I want to cruise though my SQL*Plus command history in UNIX and Linux. 

How do I get the command line history in non-windows Oracle versions of SQL*Plus?

Answer:  Yes, the Windows version of SQL*Plus also has a command history that you can cycle through using the Up/Down arrows (or F7), and this saves a lot of re-typing of commands.  

Luckily, In UNIX and Linux, you can quickly install the rlwrap utility to see the SQL*Plus command line history and quickly recall previous SQL*Plus commands. 

See here for using rlwrap to display SQL*Plus command history

In UNIX and Linux, you can use the up-arrow key to display the command history, but the up-arrow key does not work when you are inside SQL*Plus.

To enable the up arrow key for Oracle you need to install a special package and the up arrow key will then work inside Oracle.

This video shows how to use the rlwrap package to make the up-arrow key display a command history from the SQL*Plus prompt.


Kamran Agayev Agamehdi  is an Oracle Certified Professional DBA (9i, 10g) with over 5 years experience with UNIX Systems and with Oracle Databases and author of Oracle Backup & Recovery by Rampant Tech Press.



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