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(how to handle) Oracle sqlplus & Multiple Return Paramters

Ok, I am struggling with executing the PL/SQL proc that returns not one but TWO return parameters: see below.. It is a simple syntax problem, but I havent yet found one reference to handling 'multiple' return parameters from a proc...
 
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The PACKAGE (or proc that needs to be called has 2 OUT params, 2 IN params)
 
PROCEDURE populate_load(
                        errbuf     OUT    VARCHAR2,
                        retcode    OUT    NUMBER,
                        p_org_id   IN     NUMBER,
                        element    IN     VARCHAR2)

So I try to execute following SQLPLUS:
 
variable    errbuf       varchar2
variable    retcode    number
 
execute :errbuf :retcode := apps.mrp_i2_erp.populate_load (errbuf,retcode,3,'set_start_date');
 
print :errbuf;
print :retcode;

I get:

Error:
Oracle8 Enterprise Edition Release 8.0.4.4.0 - Production
PL/SQL Release 8.0.4.4.0 - Production
 
begin :errbuf :retcode := apps.mrp_i2_erp.populate_load(errbuf,retcode,3,'set_start_date'); end;
                 *
ERROR at line 1:ORA-06550: line 1, column 15:
PLS-00103: Encountered the symbol "" when expecting one of the following: := . ( @ % ; indicator
The symbol ";" was substituted for "" to continue.
 
There is something wrong with the output param binding assignment in the execute statement I tried all different ways to execute the procedure to no avail, the manuals/google searches do not explain anything about multiple return parameters, one return parameter is easy..
 
Any ideas?
 
Robert.
 
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rhbleeker
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mgokmanCommented:
At first, I was quite surprised by the syntax you are using. After checking SQLPlus manual, I realized where your confusion comes from. The manual gives an example with one variable and "stored procedure". This is probably an error in the manual. A stored procedure cannot be referenced in any expression. For this you need a stored function. The value assigned to your bind variable is the return value from stored function. So, you can't use this approach for two variables and you can't use stored procedure in an expression.
However, you could just list those two bind variables in your procedure arguments:
variable    errbuf       varchar2
variable    retcode    number
execute apps.mrp_i2_erp.populate_load (:errbuf,:retcode,3,'set_start_date');
print :errbuf;
print :retcode;

This works

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rhbleekerAuthor Commented:
Thanks! This works.
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