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tnsping and instant client

Mostly when you install your instant client, you will not have tnsping handy. You could well try to copy it from a full client, but this is cumbersome to just ping your instance.

I just created one function in my .profile

whence tnsping >/dev/null 2>&1 ||
tnsping() {
:| sqlplus -L -s x/x@$1 | grep ORA- | (grep -v ORA-01017 || echo OK)
}

and tested it

$ tnsping db999
ORA-12154: TNS:could not resolve the connect identifier specified
$ tnsping db01
OK
$ tnsping db02
ORA-12541: TNS:no listener

By Laurent Schneider

Oracle Certified Master

4 replies on “tnsping and instant client”

Nice – it’s missing the trailing } for the function, so it should read

whence tnsping >/dev/null 2>&1 ||
tnsping() {
sqlplus -L -s x/x@$1
}

Apart from that, it does the job nicely.

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