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Precautions to install a new kernel... is there a side-effect report?

Hi all,

The other day, we had a big bug with SAT transaction (ABAP runtime measurement), and the solution was indicated in a note, which required to install a new kernel (720 patch 108, while the one with the bug was 107).

We installed it on a sandbox system, which corrected the issue, but now I'm a little bit scared to request to install it on the other systems (dev, up to the prod system), as it installs lots of other corrections, that might install trigger new bugs, and as we are all aware, the remedy could be worse than the disease.

When I have a look at the kernel 108, I can see all notes that it contains, but I can't see if these notes have corrective notes. Do you know if it's possible to have the "side-effect report" for a kernel, and how? (I believe it exists for support packages but not for kernels)

Thanks a lot.


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    Dec 06, 2011 at 06:29 AM

    I just tried SP Stack calculation at OSS for release 7.01 and at the last screen we see a column 'side-effects' among others.

    Side effect report was available for SPs but not for kernel , for e.g. highest kernel patch level 150 for 701 release.

    Similarly if you can try to execute a stack calculation for 720 kernel in solution manager ? Not sure, but I think side effect report doesn't exist for kernels.


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    • Thanks DatabaseSAP.

      Well, I don't have access to SolMan (I'm only an ABAP developer), so I'll ask the admin to check that.

      Maybe the side-effect report doesn't exist yet because the information is not stored in the SAP notes database: for usual ABAP notes (support packages), the corrective notes are filled inside the "Correction instructions" section, which do not exist for kernel corrections (of course, because it's not ABAP). The only thing that is documented at kernel Notes is the "Related notes" section (for instance, see 1103916), I don't think it means these are corrective notes, so an exhaustive manual control (by reading) seems mandatory.

      I close the thread now, but feel free to add any comments (and if I have new I will update it).


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    Former Member
    Dec 05, 2011 at 09:34 PM

    Hello Sandra,

    I think Yes. We do have an option to request side affect report in the kernel download page with red exclamation mark ⚠️ icon. So you need to click on that link to get the report.

    Hope it answered your question.


    Siva Kumar

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    • Former Member Sandra Rossi


      I would suggest you to do the testing in your sandbox system so that you can be sure.

      But we are using this kernel version and I have not seen any serious issue with this kernel SP level.