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Statement Terminators
Statement terminators separate one SQL statement from another.
In interactive SQL, the statement terminator is the semicolon (;). Terminate statements with a semicolon when entering two or more SQL statements before issuing the go command (\g) or issuing another SQL CLI command.
In the following example, semicolons terminate the first and second statements. The third statement does not need to be terminated with a semicolon, because it is the final statement.
SELECT * FROM addrlst;
SELECT * FROM emp
     WHERE fname = 'john';
SELECT * FROM emp
     WHERE mgrname = 'dempsey'\g
If only one statement is entered, the statement terminator is not required. For example, the following single statement does not require a semicolon:
SELECT * FROM addrlst\g
Last modified date: 01/04/2024