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How to rewind opened cursor in PL/SQL

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Hi!

I'm writing procedure in PL/SQL for ORACLE 8.
I need to run the same SQL statment in a loop, in witch I reopen the
cursor everytime I get to the head of loop. The cursor parameters
doesn't change.

Is it possible to rewind opened cursor to save the time and don't
open the cursor for reading the database each time getting the head
of the loop after closing this cursor at the loop bottom ?

thanks.

    Alex Ziablitsev
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leonidt earned 600 total points
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Unforunately OPEN statement for cursor corresponds to the
PARSE, BIND and EXECUTE operations.
In your case you basically don't need to do PARSE and BIND
you just need to reexecute SQL stmt (probably because your
data in a table(s) have changed. If you really want to do it
everything in PL/SQL then  
my only suggestion is to use DBMS_SQL package which gives you
more flexibility. You put
DBMS_SQL.OPEN_CURSOR, DBMS_SQL.PARSE AND DBMS_SQL.DEFINE_COLUMN
outside the loop. If you bind any variable (or if in your
original program you had the parameterised cursor and the parameter changed in the loop) you put the
DBMS_SQL.BIND_VARIABLE inside the loop. You do
DBSM_SQL.EXECUTE inside the loop and then fetch the rows
from your cursor.

Basically the same schema is used when you are using
C/C++ or Visual Basic from the client.

You don't need to Open and Close the Cursor any more inside the loop.

From my experience there is very small overhead in comparison with the cursors.




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