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database module under XS Advanced: SQL Update possible during build?


under HANA XS Advanced, i'm working on a MTA project. I want to automatically manipulate the entries in one of my database tables during the build of the database module of the project. More specifically, i want to update the entries after they have been inserted - using hdbtabledata - but before the module is used by other modules. How can this be done?


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  • Posted on Jul 29, 2020 at 04:17 PM

    You can adjust the package.json of your db module and call your own script after the execution of:

    "start": "node node_modules/@sap/hdi-deploy/deploy.js",
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    • Hi Stefan,

      when you add @sap/hana-client as a dependency you should have no issues connecting to the DB using the credentials provided via the environment. @sap/xsenv helps you to read this values.

      Have you tried:

      "start": "node node_modules/@sap/hdi-deploy/deploy.js && echo 'Start done'"


      Best regards

  • Posted on Aug 03, 2020 at 01:04 PM

    Hi Gregor,

    "... && echo 'Start done'" gives me an error "Build command failed: hdi-build operation failed: The start command must not contain \\' or '!"

    Interesting enough: I do not get this error with my above trial with "poststart".

    I just omited the single quotes and the project builds!

    Unfortunately, i still don't see any effects of my start script. I would have expected to see the "Start done" somewhere in the Web IDE Console.

    Furthermore, i created a stand-alone-script named "prep_db_tables.js" which uses @sap/hana-client to do an SQL-update on one of my tables. So far, i have not yet figured out how to use @sap/xsenv to get the credentials, but for a first test i simply put them in manually. The script works and the db entry gets updated. But when i put the same script in my Web IDE project, connect it to the start command via package-json and start the build process, the db entry does not get updated.

    Where am i going wrong?

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