Per description at:
When using SQLTool.jar ( this is SqlTool v. 4141, but, I think with HSQL 1.8 too ) interactively, the documentation indicates it will execute the statements in user's home directory .. . file . . . auto.sql .
However, if I define a few commands, such as, * *DSV_COL_DELIM = \t . . . immediately after starting SQLTool.jar, issuing * listvalue will correctly display the values from auto.sql. BUT, it seems that they are NOT recognised by SQLTool.jar until another interactive value is assigned . . . for example, * *BOGUS_COMMAND =