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host shell-command $ windows-cmd-command ! unix-shell-command
On Unix, host can be abbreviated with an exlamation mark (!). On Windows, host can be abbreviated with an dollar sign ($).
The host command won't work if the restriction level is set to at least 1:
C:>sqlplus -r 1 rene/rene SQL*Plus: Release 10.2.0.1.0 - Production on Thu Aug 17 21:10:39 2006 Copyright (c) 1982, 2005, Oracle. All rights reserved. Connected to: Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release 10.2.0.1.0 - Production With the Partitioning, OLAP and Data Mining options RENE> host dir SP2-0738: Restricted command "host" not available RENE>