Oracle FAQ Your Portal to the Oracle Knowledge Grid

Home -> Community -> Mailing Lists -> Oracle-L -> RE: Instance Name in Sql Prompt

RE: Instance Name in Sql Prompt

From: <nlzanen1_at_EY.NL>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 23:35:42 -0700
Message-ID: <>


To overcome the connect within a session not changing the prompt a created a script (connect.sql) and put it in the directory from SQL_PATH registry entry. When I want to change the connection i type @connect i.s.o connect

accept username prompt "Type username :"; accept password prompt "Type Password (hidden) :" hide; accept sid prompt "Type instance name (SID) :"; connect &username/&password@&sid;
undefine username;
undefine password;
undefine sid;


"Ramon Estevez" <> on 25-10-2001 22:15:21

Please respond to

Sent by:

To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L <> cc: (bcc: Jack van Zanen/nlzanen1/External/MEY/NL)

Thanks to Kevin and all that reply.

I noticed when doing a connect inside a session.

This will help.

Ramon E. Estevez
Dominican Republic

     -----Mensaje original-----
     De: []En nombre de Kevin Lange
     Enviado el: Thursday, 25 October, 2001 11:10 AM
     Para: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
     Asunto: RE: Instance Name in Sql Prompt

       In your startup directory on SQL Plus, you can automatically run a
     script that will setup the environment like you want it.  Its called

     Here is a copy of mine:

     set termout on
     set pagesize 0
     set echo off
     set feedback off
     set sqlprompt ''
     spool c:\temp.sql
     select 'set sqlprompt '''||name||' > '';' from v$database;
     spool off
     set pagesize 35
     set feedback on
     set termout off
     What this does is to take the name of the database from v$database and
     create a temporary SQL file, then runs it.  This will set my prompt to


     where INSTANCE_NAME is the name of the database.

     For example, if I log onto DEV then the SQLPROMPT will be

     DEV >

     Hope you can use it.


     p.s. ...  Remember that  this only works for the initialization of SQL
     Plus.  If you do a connect inside of your session then the prompt will
     not change.
          -----Original Message-----
          From: Ramon Estevez []
          Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 9:35 AM
          To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L
          Subject: Instance Name in Sql Prompt

          Hi Friends,

          Excuse me for this dumb question,  how do I display the instance
          name in the
          sql prompt.  Have 3 DB and would like to know to which one I am

          I mean something like that.

          DBA1 >
          DBA2 >
          DB01 >


          Ramon E. Estevez

          Dominican Republic

De informatie verzonden in dit e-mailbericht is vertrouwelijk en is uitsluitend bestemd voor de geadresseerde. Openbaarmaking, vermenigvuldiging, verspreiding en/of verstrekking van deze informatie aan derden is, behoudens voorafgaande schriftelijke toestemming van Ernst & Young, niet toegestaan. Ernst & Young staat niet in voor de juiste en volledige overbrenging van de inhoud van een verzonden e-mailbericht, noch voor tijdige ontvangst daarvan. Ernst & Young kan niet garanderen dat een verzonden e-mailbericht vrij is van virussen, noch dat e-mailberichten worden overgebracht zonder inbreuk of tussenkomst van onbevoegde derden.

Indien bovenstaand e-mailbericht niet aan u is gericht, verzoeken wij u vriendelijk doch dringend het e-mailbericht te retourneren aan de verzender en het origineel en eventuele kopieŽn te verwijderen en te vernietigen.

Ernst & Young hanteert bij de uitoefening van haar werkzaamheden algemene voorwaarden, waarin een beperking van aansprakelijkheid is opgenomen. De algemene voorwaarden worden u op verzoek kosteloos toegezonden.

The information contained in this communication is confidential and is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. You should not copy, disclose or distribute this communication without the authority of Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young is neither liable for the proper and complete transmission of the information contained in this communication nor for any delay in its receipt. Ernst & Young does not guarantee that the integrity of this communication has been maintained nor that the communication is free of viruses, interceptions or interference.

If you are not the intended recipient of this communication please return the communication to the sender and delete and destroy all copies.

In carrying out its engagements, Ernst & Young applies general terms and conditions, which contain a clause that limits its liability. A copy of these terms and conditions is available on request free of charge.

Please see the official ORACLE-L FAQ:
  INET: nlzanen1_at_EY.NL

Fat City Network Services    -- (858) 538-5051  FAX: (858) 538-5051
San Diego, California        -- Public Internet access / Mailing Lists
To REMOVE yourself from this mailing list, send an E-Mail message
to: (note EXACT spelling of 'ListGuru') and in
the message BODY, include a line containing: UNSUB ORACLE-L
(or the name of mailing list you want to be removed from).  You may
also send the HELP command for other information (like subscribing).
Received on Fri Oct 26 2001 - 01:35:42 CDT

Original text of this message