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SELECTs of Columns in SQL*Plus Displayed too Wide for database 9.2 (Doc ID 272010.1)

Last updated on OCTOBER 28, 2016

Applies to:

SQL*Plus - Version: 9.2 to
This problem can occur on any platform.


Selects of Columns in Sqlplus displayed too wide for database 9.2.

Exported from the (WE8ISO8859P1) database, and imported that into a new (UTF8) database.
Now when you select columns like tablespace_name (or from dba_rollback_segs, etc) in SqlPlus, the returned column value stretches across the 80 columns of screen (instead of just occupying the 30 characters it did under

A desc of dba_tablespaces shows that the column length is set to 30 only:

Changing pagesize and linesize didn't help.
Explicitly setting the column format to A30 worked, but this should not be required since the column width is actually 30 only.


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