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by Michael New, MichaelNew@earthlink.net, Gradation LLC

I have been in need of setting the SQLPATH environment variable on NT which exceeds 256 characters.

According to some of the messages I've seen on MetaLink, the ORACLE_PATH environment variable can be used to supplement SQLPATH.

I've tried setting ORACLE_PATH in both the registry and as an environment variable (via Control Panel), but SQL*Plus was still not "seeing" the ORACLE_PATH subdirectories I listed.

Here is what I found out. If your path variables must exceed these maximums, you can use the ORACLE_PATH variable to augment some path variables. The ORACLE_PATH will be searched after the product-specific path parameters. Thus, you can use ORACLE_PATH to augment the directories you specify for:

The problem I found out is that this DOES NOT include SQLPATH.

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