SQL*Plus file finder

You are in a SQL*Plus (Windows) session. Somewhere on your machine is the one script you need, but where? The script name is something like my*query.sql, but you're not sure. What do you do? Here's a handy way find it fast.

-- SQLPlus_FF.sql 
-- Author:  Dusan Djuric 
-- mail:    dusan.djuric@iii.hr 
-- http:    www.CroGuide.com 
-- Date:    25.01.2002 
-- Purpose: SQLPlus File Finder for Windows 
-- Usage: 
--       1. In SQLPlus prompt type @c:sqlplus_ff 
--       2. Input data ona ACCEPTs 
--       3. edit windows pops to show you results 
-- Tips: 
--       1. Put SQLPlus_FF.sql script on C: root to grab it faster! 
--       2. To start finded skript 
--          - add '@' at SQLPlus prompt 
--          - copy/past file name from edit window. 
-- Tested environment: 
--                    SQL*Plus: Release 
--                    Oracle8i  Release 
--                    Windows 98 SE client 

ACCEPT ROOT char prompt 'Enter root disk : ' 
ACCEPT FNAME char prompt 'Enter file name : ' 

host cd\|&ROOT|dir/a-d/o/s/b/l &FNAME > &ROOT\SQLhost_FF_out.txt 

EDIT &ROOT\SQLhost_FF_out.txt

As an example, try this:


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Enter root disk : c: Enter file name : *.sql

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ACCEPT ROOT  char prompt 'Enter directory (eq: c:sql)    : '
ACCEPT FNAME char prompt 'Enter file name (eq: border.sql): '

host dir/a-d/b/s &ROOT&FNAME > c:tempsqlplus_ff.out

EDIT  c:tempsqlplus_ff.out

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This was first published in January 2002

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