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5.2 p: a DBMS_OUTPUT Substitute

The p (Put) package provides a powerful, flexible substitute (and one that requires minimal typing) for Oracle's builtin DBMS_OUTPUT.PUT_LINE package. See Chapter 7, p: A Powerful Substitute for DBMS_OUTPUT for details.

5.2.1 Toggling output from the p package

PROCEDURE turn_on;

Turn on output from the p.l procedure (the default). Equivalent to calling DBMS_OUTPUT.ENABLE to enable output from DBMS_OUTPUT.

PROCEDURE turn_off;

Turn off output from the p.l procedure. This setting can be overridden in a particular call to p.l by specifying TRUE for the final show argument.

5.2.2 Setting the line separator

PROCEDURE set_linesep (linesep_in IN VARCHAR2);

Sets the character(s) to be recognized as the line separator in your PL/SQL code (default is = ). A line that consists only of the line separator will be displayed by p.l as a blank line.

FUNCTION linesep RETURN VARCHAR2;

Returns the line separator character(s).

5.2.3 Setting the line prefix

PROCEDURE set_prefix (prefix_in IN VARCHAR2 := c_prefix);

Sets the character(s) used as a prefix to the text displayed by the p.l procedure.

The c_prefix constant is defined in the p package as CHR(8).

FUNCTION prefix RETURN VARCHAR2; >

Returns the prefix character(s).

5.2.4 The overloadings of the l procedure

PROCEDURE l
   (date_in IN DATE, mask_in IN VARCHAR2 := PLV.datemask,
    show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l (number_in IN NUMBER, show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l (char_in IN VARCHAR2, show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l
   (char_in IN VARCHAR2, number_in IN NUMBER, show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l
   (char_in IN VARCHAR2, date_in IN DATE,
    mask_in IN VARCHAR2 := PLV.datemask, show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l (boolean_in IN BOOLEAN, show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l
   (char_in IN VARCHAR2, boolean_in IN BOOLEAN,
    show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

PROCEDURE l
   (file_in IN UTL_FILE.FILE_TYPE, show_in IN BOOLEAN := FALSE);

The version of l that displays the contents of a UTL_FILE file handle can only be used in PL/SQL Releases 2.3 and beyond (and is only installed when you run the plvinstf.sql script).

If you pass TRUE for the show_in argument, you will always see output from that call to p.l  -- even if you have called p.turn_off earlier in the session (but only if you have enabled output from DBMS_OUTPUT).


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