SQL*Plus does not support command history on Linux

This tip demonstrates how to change SQL*Plus so that it supports command history on Linux.

By default, SQL*Plus does not support command history on Linux, which makes the tool difficult to use out of the box. I spent weeks looking for a solution to this problem on Google. I finally found this at http://www.dizwell.com/html/cli_history.html:

  1. Install rlwrap on your system. On gentoo I emerged it so in debian or other distros there should be an RPM or package available.
  2. Edit your /home/you/.profile and add alias sqlplus='rlwrap sqlplus'
  3. Source /home/you/.profile

SQL*Plus now supports command history.

This was first published in September 2005

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