I don't have it in front of me, but I know that there are several
SQL scripts out there that can duplicate the results of the
SQL*Plus DESCRIBE command. Google for "oracle +describe"
and you find a bundle.


-----Original Message-----
From: Reidy, Ron
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 11:10 AM
To: Mike Scott; [email protected]
Subject: RE: Describe <table>

Describe is a SQL*Plus command, not SQL. If you want to see the columns and data types in a table, select from either DBA_TABLES, ALL_TABLES, or USER_TABLES.

Ron Reidy
Lead DBA
Array BioPharma, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Scott
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 11:50 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Describe <table>

I'm using DBI and DBD::Oracle.

I'd like to be able to describe a table, but 'describe table' fails no
matter how I try to pass it to DBI.

I feel certain that this is a FAQ and so apologise in advance. I have
tried to track down an answer, but "describe" and "table" are hard words
to seach for. Can anyone help me out?

I just want the info describing the table that I can see in sqlplus.

Mike Scott
QA Software Developer
BBC News Interactive
White City
+44 20875 27288


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