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created November 7, 2001 · complexity basic · author Demian L. Neidetcher · version 5.7


Here is a bash script to call from Vim, when you want information about a table while you are editing SQL code. Put the script in a file named describe.

#!/usr/bin/bash

f=aTempFile.sql
u=<uName>
p=<pWord>
d=<dBase>

echo "/* describe for $1"
echo "describe $1;" > $f;
echo "quit;" >> $f;

sqlplus -S $u/$p@$d @$f
rm -f $f;
echo " end describe for $1 */"

Your path needs to include the script (as well as sqlplus), then from Vim you type:

:r !describe <tableName>

That inserts a listing of the table columns, complete with Java/C comments.

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