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Hi,

I am working with SQL plus on oracle database. When I try to insert a string that contains escape character like '&', it prompts for asking input for variable substitution as below:

Input query: "update table1 set column1 = 'AB&C'
Prompt: "Enter value for C:"

I try to add a slash before the '&' but it works the same.
Also, I try to blacket the '&' as '{&}' in the query and it gets success. But the field stores the '{}' at the same time. (e.g 'AB{&}C')

I would like to ask any good solutions to handle such escape characters when I input query in SQL plus ?

Thanks !

Ken
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In SQL* do this

SQL> Set scan off

SQL> update dept set dname = 'A&BC';
5 rows updated.


Setting the scan off tells sqlplus that dont scan for variables in the statements.

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U
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As UsamaMunir states can "set scan off" do the job for your update command.

An alternative is to use escape-sharacters, which makes it possible to be prompted for some parts of the SQL.
Enable the use of escape-characters (default it is off)
SQL> set escape on

The escape character is backslash ("\"), but you can change it if needed, fx "set escape #".

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Hans Henrik
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