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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SAP FBL5N and Change Document Authorisation

After spending tedious amounts of time in SU24 and performing an authorisation trace I was unable to work out how users got “Change Document” access in FBL5N (Customer Line Item Display).

Access to change documents via transaction FBL5N, which is inherently a display only transaction, is controlled by giving transaction FB02 to the user.
You have to look in the source of program RFITEMAR:

Adding transaction FB02 (plus maintaining the subsequent authorisation activities) to a users role, as well as FBL5N, provides the “Change Document” button on the menu bar in FBL5N:

Thursday, March 08, 2012

SAP Performance FBL3n - Oracle Execution Plan Detail

Here’s a good reason to ensure that you always output (and read) the predicate information of the execution plan at the Oracle level and not just at the SAP level.

Inside the ST01 SQL Trace screen (in R/3 4.7 anyway), it doesn’t show how the predicates are accessed/filtered.

But in the Oracle view of the execution plan (I used autotrace, or DBMS_XPLAN) you can clearly see the “Predicate Information” section:

| Id | Operation | Name | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)|
| 0 | SELECT STATEMENT | | 1 | 281 | 10 (0)|
| 1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID| BSAS | 1 | 281 | 10 (0)|
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN | BSAS~Z2 | 1 | | 9 (0)|

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
2 - access("MANDT"=:A0 AND "BUKRS"=:A1 AND "HKONT"=:A2 AND

This allowed me to see that the index BSAS~Z2 was not being accessed correctly due to a “feature” in the Oracle 10g CBO (see note: 176754, question #5) which SAP has documented as:

“If you specify indexed columns with LIKE, >, <, >=, <=, or BETWEEN, the system can no longer use the columns that follow to restrict the index range scan.”

After creating a new index BSAS~Z3 which contains exactly the same columns, but changing the order of the last two (BUDAT and XBLNR), I was able to get the execution plan to look like this:

| Id | Operation | Name | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU)|
| 0 | SELECT STATEMENT | | 1 | 281 | 1 (0)|
| 1 | TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID| BSAS | 1 | 281 | 1 (0)|
|* 2 | INDEX RANGE SCAN | BSAS~Z3 | 1 | | 1 (0)|

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
2 - access("MANDT"=:A0 AND "BUKRS"=:A1 AND "HKONT"=:A2 AND

What’s the difference I hear you ask. Just look at the COST column.
In a table with 100 million records, the difference is about 20 seconds.
Filter predicates are not as efficient as access predicates (just ask Tom).

This example was fairly specific to transaction FBL3n performance, since I noted that whenever this transaction was used to query open items, it always adds a predicate of “BUDAT < 99991231” before any of the dynamic selection predicates. Bad SAP!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Proving new Oracle Index in SAP Without a Transport

Let’s suppose you have created a new Oracle level index on a SAP table using SE11.
You’ve created it in DEV and proven that it changes the EXPLAIN PLAN using SQL Trace or Oracle level tools.

Unfortunately you don’t have a significant amount of data in your DEV instance, but you do have data in your UAT or integration test system.
You could release your workbench request that you will have created to create the new index in SE11, but this means a flurry of potential additional transports to remove it again if it doesn’t work.
You just want a proof of concept that can be removed again.

Since it’s entirely possible for you to create an index at the Oracle level below SAP, you just need to ensure that you create the index the same as SAP would.
You can choose a couple of methods to ensure this, but we will discuss the SAP biased method.

Using SE11, find the table on which the new index exists in DEV.

NOTE: We’re showing R/3 Enterprise, but it should be similar for Netweaver based systems.

Click the “Indexes...” button to list the indexes:

Double click the new index you created earlier.
Now on the menu, select “Utilities -> Activation Log”:

Click the magnifying glass icon next to the “Technical log for mass activation” option on the main screen.

Expand all the possible expansion icons:

Look for the text “CREATE” to find the create statement:

Copy the text and paste into SQL*Plus in any other SAP systems Oracle database to create the index.
You’re done.

Just remember that this index does not exist in the SAP data dictionary, so you must remove it once you have proven the EXPLAIN PLAN is working for the larger amount of data.