how to format sql plus output so values appear under column names

Hi,

simple sql plus question

how do you format the columns in the ouput of sql plus so I can read them nicely from left to right
and under to appropriate column names?

my ouput is as show below
[oracle@host orcl]$ sqlplus / as sysdba
 
SQL*Plus: Release 11.1.0.6.0 - Production on Wed Jul 15 10:27:38 2009
 
Copyright (c) 1982, 2007, Oracle.  All rights reserved.
 
 
Connected to:
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.1.0.6.0 - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
 
SQL> select name,compatibility,database_compatibility from v$asm_diskgroup;
 
NAME
------------------------------
COMPATIBILITY
------------------------------------------------------------
DATABASE_COMPATIBILITY
------------------------------------------------------------
DATA
10.1.0.0.0
10.1.0.0.0
 
FRA
10.1.0.0.0
10.1.0.0.0
 
NAME
------------------------------
COMPATIBILITY
------------------------------------------------------------
DATABASE_COMPATIBILITY
------------------------------------------------------------

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AndytwCommented:
You need to use the "COL" SQL*Plus command,  with this you can control how a value/column is displayed or formatted.  Try the following:
col NAME format a10
col COMPATIBILITY format a15
col DATABASE_COMPATIBILITY format a15

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AndytwCommented:
.. check out the following link for more information on the SQL*Plus "COLUMN" (COL for short) command:

SQL*Plus User's Guide and Reference
http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/server.102/b14357/ch12013.htm#sthref1926

Also, make sure that your LINESIZE SQL*Plus variable is set to a value large enough to accomodate your data:
e.g.
SET LINESIZE 140

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ora-whatAuthor Commented:
alright, i seem to be having a problem

don't have time to look in the documentation


SQL> col NAME format a10                    
col COMPATIBILITY format a15
col DATABASE_COMPATIBILITY format a15SQL> SQL>  select name,compatibility,database_compatibility from v$asm_diskgroup;
SP2-0158: unknown COLUMN option "select"
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ora-whatAuthor Commented:
A++
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AndytwCommented:
did you hit return after the last col command?  col is a SQL*Plus comand and needs to be on separate lines from your sql statement.  The following works for me ...
SQL> col NAME format a10
SQL> col COMPATIBILITY format a15
SQL> col DATABASE_COMPATIBILITY format a15
SQL> select name,compatibility,database_compatibility from v$asm_diskgroup;
 
no rows selected
 
SQL>

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ora-whatAuthor Commented:
it's OK now I did it

thanks :) !
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ora-whatAuthor Commented:
yeah I didn't hit return , .. just pasted the whole thing in at once

1 line at a time works

thanks again !
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