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Spool file with timestamp

Posted on 2000-05-08
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Does anyone know how I can append the date onto the end of a spool file? I need to run a script once a week that produces a file that someone else is going to pick up. They want the date appended onto the end of the file name i.e. filename08May00.
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jkstill earned 50 total points
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When creating a spool file, just grab sysdate, store
into a SQL*Plus variable, and attach it to the file name.

Here's how.

col c_my_file_name noprint new_value u_my_file_name

select
   'my_spool_file_'
   || to_char(sysdate,'mm-dd-yyyy-hh24:mi:ss')
   || '.txt'  c_my_file_name
from dual;

spool &u_my_spool_file

select object_name, object_type
from all_objects;

spool off


In this example, the 'COL' command is used to create a variable
'u_my_spool_file' that will be set by the value of the column that
the C_MY_SPOOL_FILE column is use on.

In this case we selected the literal text 'my_spool_file_', the current
date down to the second, and a suffix of '.txt' from dual.

This will create a variable like 'my_spool_file_05-08-2000-10:10:45.txt',
which is then used to hold the output from the example query on
all_objects.


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by:mgokman
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Include this at the beginning of your script:

COL dt NEW_VALUE filedate
SELECT TO_CHAR(sysdate, 'DDMonYY') dt FROM dual;
SPOOL filename&&filedate


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by:efarquha
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You both answered my question but jkstill got there first. Thanks
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