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Does SAP forbid from deleting a standard table/items from a standard table

Dear Gurus,

There has been a requirement of the business, where it is required to delete entries from standard SAP table &/or SAP standard table itself.

Questions:

1. Want to know whether it is safe to do the same? Are there any negative consequences?

2. Does SAP forbid/restrict/advise against doing it? If yes, kindly send the link.

3. If it's ok to do the same. then kindly mention the steps for the same.

*** It's an urgent requirement & will be highly obliged for your valuable advise.

Thanks & Regards,

DB

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    Posted on Nov 06, 2019 at 06:12 AM

    As a rule, you shouldn't modify ( insert/delete/change) standard table entries. It could lead to inconsistencies you haven't imagined.

    1. Not safe to do so. yes, negative consequences.

    2. SAP advises against it but doesn't restrict you from modifying entries using code.

    GK

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  • Posted on Nov 06, 2019 at 07:27 AM

    Consult Data Management Guide for the approach recommended by SAP for the standard table you are referring to. There are 4 Data Management approaches: Prevention, Summarization, Deletion and Archiving. Not all approaches might be available for a standard table.

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  • Posted on Nov 06, 2019 at 06:39 AM
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    Hi,

    First check if sap has provided any Function modules or bapi to achieve delete of your requirement which is safe. If not then you have to take a call of deleting by your own code, which will be risky.

    Thanks.

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