Monthly Archives: November 2010

SQLPlus Command Line History

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve not considered this before! SQLPlus is a great tool, I use it all the time as it’s great for doing little bits and pieces where you don’t need the tools in SQL Developer (which is my preferred client for most big stuff) or you don’t want to go to the trouble of starting up a GUI. My major gripe with it has always been it’s almost complete lack of a command line history feature which is astounding considering how long that kind of feature has been available for other shells (bash, psql, mysql, even the Windows Command Prompt since XP).
Anyway there is a workaround to ‘add’ the feature! You’ll need to install the ‘rlwrap’ package which is a

…wrapper that uses the GNU readline library to allow the editing of keyboard input for any other command. Input history is kept between invocations, separately for each command; history completion and search work as in bash and completion word lists can be specified on the command line.

You can get that from Sourceforge or in my case I found it in the Ubuntu Universe repository (there’s rpm’s on Sourceforge) so I just did:

$ sudo apt-get install rlwrap

You can call SQLPlus from rlwrap like this:

$ rlwrap sqlplus user@database

or to make things simpler use alias:

$ alias sqlplus='rlwrap sqlplus'

all done.


It’s National Inter-Faith week and the the religious groups here at work are each putting on an event to:

Celebrate good inter-faith and diversity relations at Birmingham City University and the wider society, Encourage faith groups and communities to build stronger bonds of understanding, Increase awareness of the different faith communities and Increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs.

Nothing wrong with that…

The Sikh Society did a martial arts demo yesterday
The Islamic Society will host a Q and A on Islam
The Hindu Society are holding a Aarti (prayers and songs apparently)
The Jewish Society are having a lecture on the basics of Judaism
The Budhist Society are off on a visit to a Vihara (monastery)

and the Catholic Chaplincy? Well they’re hosting an ‘Inter-Faith’ lunch.

So while everyone else is happily sharing their faiths with one another, the Christians on campus will be hosting a lunch… What’s the problem? are Christians not able to share their faith? I thought that was one of the driving forces behind the whole Christian way of life.

OK, rant over for today. (sigh…)

Oracle SQL Developer 3.0 on Ubuntu

This was one of my early posts and it seems the instructions work the same for the new October 2010 early release version of SQL Developer. (it was pretty straight forward anyway).

Grab the SQL Developer 3.0 RPM from Oracle (registration required):

You’ll need the Alien package to convert the SQL Developer .rpm to a .deb package and the Linux Standard Base (lsb) package and a Java Runtime in order to run the application.

$ sudo apt-get install lsb java-6-jre alien

Build the .deb package using alien:

$ sudo alien --scripts sqldeveloper-

I did get one error doing the build but it completed successfully anyway:

error: incorrect format: unknown tag
sqldeveloper_3.0.02.37-2_all.deb generated

Install the .deb package:
sudo dpkg -i sqldeveloper_3.0.02.37-2_all.deb

And run the application for the first time, it should ask you where your JRE is, mine was in


SQL Developer should now be installed in the Applications menu under Programing.