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Sep 09, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Where do PDF attachments get saved to?



I asked this question originally on ABAP-General forum but didn't receive a response so I thought maybe this forum is a better place to ask. Here we go:

Our developers use the FB02 transaction code and after entering a document number and company code they click on the "Services for Object" button >Create >Create Attachment and then attach a .PDF file to the invoice and save.

Now, I have a couple of questions regarding how this works in the background:

1) It looks like a reference of some sort for each of these attachments is saved in table(s) SRGBTBREL and/or SOFFCONT1. However, I cannot tell if it is a "link" to the actual attachment that is saved in these tables or is it the actual attachment itself, just converted to a raw binary data format -- stored in the database?

2) If the .PDF attachment(s) are saved in the database itself -- is it possible to NOT save them in the database directly but instead create a reference link for each attachment which would pull the actual .PDF file from a "file server"?

You see my problem is that I do not want my database to grow exponentially due to saving these .PDF attachments on the database there a way to get around this and make sure that the .PDF files are kept on a file server -- not on the database?

Thank you in advance for your answers.