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PHP OCI8 doesn't implement SQL*Plus client-tool commands like "SET PAGESIZE", "TTITLE" etc. Any statement you do an oci_parse() on is sent to the DB which only understands SQL & PL/SQL (ok, and XQUERY).
PHP OCI8 can't start or stop the DB directly. It doesn't call the underlying C OCI8 OCIDBStartup() or OCIDBShutdown() functions (these functions are documented in http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E11882_01/appdev.112/e10646/oci10new.htm#LNOCI096)
You could patch PHP OCI8. Or think of an alternative business process / system architecture, such as using Enterprise Manager.