Edit #GoldenGate commands from GGSCI

Ever get tired of typing the same command over and over again in Oracle GoldenGate GGSCI? Well, Oracle has provided a history recall function into GGSCI, I talked about his in an earlier post. This post on history recall can be found here.

In this post, lets take the command recall and how these commands can be edited. In Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Oracle has provided an GGSCI command called “FC”. The “FC” command is used to display/edit a previously issued GGSCI command and the execute it again. This command leverages the memory buffer the same was as the history command does within GGSCI.

Now the syntax for using this command is as follows:

FC [ n | -n | string ]

n – Displays the command from the line number provided

-n – Displays the command that was issued n lines before the current line

string – Displays the last command that starts with the specified string

Let’s take a look at an example of using “FC” within GGSCI.

In the below output, I have issued a series of commands and then listed these commands using this history function.

GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 6> history
GGSCI Command History
    1: info all
    2: stats extract egg12c
    3: info mgr
    4: info pgg12c
    5: info all
    6: history

Using the “FC” command, I can edit and execute the edited command. If you take a look at command 4 (info pgg12c), I want to replace “pgg12c” with “egg12c”. this is done by using the “r” edit command as follows.

GGSCI 7> fc 4
GGSCI 7> info pgg12c
GGSCI 7..     regg12c
GGSCI 7> info egg12c
EXTRACT    EGG12C    Last Started 2016-08-12 17:06   Status RUNNING
Description          'Integrated Extract'
Checkpoint Lag       00:00:08 (updated 00:00:05 ago)
Process ID           24082
Log Read Checkpoint  Oracle Integrated Redo Logs
                     2016-08-15 10:14:45
                     SCN 0.51017268 (51017268)

By executing “fc 4” (fc n), I’m telling GGSCI to pull the fourth command from the memory buffer for editing. Then I use the “r” command to provide the text that I want to replace in the command. Notice the position of the “r”, it is lined up directly under the string I want to replace. Then I provide the replacement string. Before execution GGSCI provides you with an output of the changed command. After verifying the command, the command can be executed providing the output for the correct process.

Note: For more editing options with FC, you can find these here.

If you want to know what command was executed n commands before the previous command, you can use the -n option to “FC”. This makes the “FC” command act like the history command but only displays the command at the -n position. This can be seen if you do a history command prior to a fc -n command.

GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 11> history
GGSCI Command History
    2: stats extract egg12c
    3: info mgr
    4: info pgg12c
    5: info all
    6: history
    7: info egg12c
    8: info mgr
    9: history
   10: info egg12c
   11: history
GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 12> fc -4
GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 12> info mgr
GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 12..
Manager is running (IP port fred.acme.com.15000, Process ID 12377).

You will notice, that I have eleven commands in the command history. By using “fc -4”, I’m able to retrieve the info mgr command and then execute it by simply by hitting return. Before hitting return, I could still edit the command as was shown previously.

Lastly, you can retrieve a previous command by searching for a specific string. The string has to be at the beginning of the command. In the below example, I’m searching for the last stats command that was ran.

GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 16> history
GGSCI Command History
    7: info egg12c
    8: info mgr
    9: history
   10: info egg12c
   11: history
   12: info mgr
   13: info all
   14: history
   15: stats extract egg12c
   16: history
GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 17> fc sta
GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 17> stats extract egg12c
GGSCI (fred.acme.com) 17..
Sending STATS request to EXTRACT EGG12C ...
No active extraction maps
DDL replication statistics (for all trails):
*** Total statistics since extract started     ***
	Operations                		           2.00
	Mapped operations         		           2.00
	Unmapped operations         		           0.00
	Other operations         		           0.00
	Excluded operations         		           0.00

As you can see, there is only one stats command in the command history. The “FC” command pulls this command and provides an opportunity to edit it. After hitting return, the command is executed.

Now that you know how to recall and edit Oracle GoldenGate commands from the GGSCI command prompt, hopefully, this will make your life with Oracle GoldenGate a bit easier.



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