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sqlplus on Solaris ignoring $ORACLE_SID?

This really must be an easy question, but I need an answer quickly and
don't have the time to look deeper into this, so here it is:

We used to be running Oracle 8.0.5 on Solaris 2.7. When the
environment variable $ORACLE_SID was defined, it sufficed to issue the command:

$ sqlplus USER/PWD

i.e without connect string.

now we had to upgrade Oracle to 8.1.5. and downgrade Solaris to 2.6. All
of a sudden the above command results in an error message saying that
Oracle is not available. When I add the connect string:

$ sqlplus USER/PWD@DB

all works fine.

Can anyone tell me what triviality I am overlooking? If there is no
solution I will have to modify a zillion scripts!

Thanks for any help,

JM
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jmvalk
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habushadCommented:
Dear JM,
The solution is simple.
Define an environment variable TWO_TASK and this will automatically connect to your database.
In your example, do the following:
setenv TWO_TASK DB.
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jmvalkAuthor Commented:
It worked: Thanks!

I 've graded your answer, but I'm still a bit puzzled:

we still have the machine with the old configuration, and there the TWO_TASK variable was NOT set. Is this a difference between 8.1.5. and 8.0.5? And what exactly is the difference in 8.1.6. between ORACLE_SID and TWO_TASK, and does ORACLE_SID still have a function?
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habushadCommented:
ORACLE_SID is still in use in 8.1.5 and 8.1.6. It is used to identify the the current Oracle SID.
TWO_TASK specifies the name of the service name in tnsnames.ora that you would like to connect by default.
You have probably used sqlnet and in 8.1.5 the default is Net8.
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