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Query input parameter syntax

'Morning folks,

The following is about the input parameters one can specify for queries in SBO, like "[%0]", and which prompt an input dialog when the query is executed.

The common form for specifying these parameters is


, viz. an opening square bracket, an percent sign, one or more digits and a closing square bracket.

However, I happened to notice that SBO will be happy with anything instead of the digits, that is it recognises:


, viz. an opening square bracket, a percent sign, zero or more characters other than a closing square bracket, and a closing square bracket.

Now this behaviour happens to suit me /real/ fine, and I'd like to make use of it, but I'm a bit anxious as to whether it might be discontinued, that is only digits accepted sooner or later. Could anyone please provide me with some information about this?

I read the FMS "specs" ("How to Define and Use Formatted Search") found in the "Document Center", but they barely even mention input parameters, lest discuss them.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Nixon

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  • Posted on Jun 22, 2007 at 01:14 PM

    Hi Olivier (or Richard 😊),

    Amazing what you have found.

    I don't think (but you never know...) that anybody here can answer your question.

    I would recommend that you check with / seek formal confirmation by SAP Support.

    If they confirm that this option is OK to use - you got what you wanted.

    No formal answer can be given through the Forum...



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    • Update:

      Support center replied. According to them, I have hit upon an "undocumented feature". They gave no specific answer to the question as to whether they were aware of planned changes for this area.

      It's alright for me, as I have decided to go this way and take whatever risk may be involved.

      I'm closing this question. See ya.

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