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Shell scripting for database needs

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http://www.unix.com – Hallo everyone :), I have a rather conceptual question: I want to know which possibillity purposes people use shell scripting in the database area, specially in term of SQL? For instance, I have these basic database operations such as INSERT, SELECT, DROP, etc. I just want to know in which way we can use shell scripting to support database operations? I can think of one possible answer: perhaps for automatically running some SQL-scripts? Thank you all. Regards, Ratna :o (HowTos)