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Oracle SQL+ Manual

Oracle SQL+ Manual

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SQL*Plus\u00ae
User\u2019s Guide and Reference
Release 8.1.6
October, 1999
Part No. A75664-01
SQL*Plus User \u2019s Guide and Reference, Release 8.1.6
Part No. A75664-01
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Contents

Send Us Your Comments...................................................................................................................xi Preface...........................................................................................................................................................xi ii Part I Understanding SQL*Plus

1 Introduction
Overview of SQL*Plus.......................................................................................................................1-2

Basic Concepts...............................................................................................................................1-2 Who Can Use SQL*Plus...............................................................................................................1-2 Other Ways of Working with Oracle.........................................................................................1-3

Using this Guide.................................................................................................................................1-4
Conventions for Command Syntax............................................................................................1-4
Sample Tables................................................................................................................................1-5
What You Need to Run SQL*Plus...................................................................................................1-6

Hardware and Software..............................................................................................................1-6 Information Specific to Your Operating System......................................................................1-7 Username and Password.............................................................................................................1-7 Access to Sample Tables..............................................................................................................1-8

2 Learning SQL*Plus Basics
Getting Started....................................................................................................................................2-2
Using the Keyboard......................................................................................................................2-2
Starting SQL*Plus.........................................................................................................................2-3

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