How to get free disk space

It is possible to get the total space used by the database by 'select sum(bytes) from dba_segments' but is it poosible to get the total free disk size on the computer/disk where the database works by using a command to the database?
gyrosabAsked:
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SujithConnect With a Mentor Data ArchitectCommented:
>> by using a command to the database?
No, there is no direct way of communicating with the OS.
What you can do is: to have a C/Java stored procedure that runs your command and returns the results.
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gyrosabAuthor Commented:
The thing is that the database is put on a networked computer/disk and the client is on another computer. I don't want to create any new communication stuff. I only want to use the database communication. What could I do?
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sdstuberConnect With a Mentor Commented:
As sujith80 said, the db doesn't have that ability.  You have to use something external to the db.

You could create a unix cron job or windows scheduler or vms batch queue, etc  (depending on your OS) to perform an OS command and send the data to your db.

Or you can use a C external procedure to invoke an OS command  or you can use a java stored procedure.

Here's a simple example of the latter.
It will read execute a command (you have to grant access to that command) on the os and capture the standard output and standard error text and return it in a table collection of varchar2.


CREATE OR REPLACE TYPE VCARRAY AS TABLE OF VARCHAR2(4000)

CREATE OR REPLACE AND RESOLVE JAVA SOURCE NAMED "Run_Cmd" as
import java.io.*;
import java.sql.*;
import java.util.*;
import oracle.sql.*;
import oracle.jdbc.driver.*;

public class Run_Cmd{

    public static oracle.sql.ARRAY run_it(java.lang.String p_cmd)
    throws java.sql.SQLException,IOException
    {
        Runtime v_rt = Runtime.getRuntime();
        ArrayList v_output = new ArrayList();

       
        try
        {
            Process v_proc = v_rt.exec(p_cmd);
           
            BufferedReader v_stdout = new BufferedReader(
                                            new InputStreamReader(
                                                    v_proc.getInputStream()
                                                )
                                          );
            String v_line;
            while ((v_line = v_stdout.readLine()) != null)
                v_output.add(v_line);

            BufferedReader v_stderr = new BufferedReader(
                                            new InputStreamReader(
                                                    v_proc.getErrorStream()
                                                )
                                          );
            while ((v_line = v_stderr.readLine()) != null)
                v_output.add(v_line);
 
               
            v_proc.waitFor();    
           
        }

        catch (Exception e)
        {
            e.printStackTrace();            
        }

        Connection v_conn = new OracleDriver().defaultConnection();            
        ArrayDescriptor v_descriptor = ArrayDescriptor.createDescriptor( "VCARRAY", v_conn );            
        return new ARRAY( v_descriptor, v_conn, v_output.toArray() );
    }
}
/


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