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Transaction SPAU: General Functions

Transaction SPAU allows you to process Repository objects needing adjustment. An overview
shows all objects that have been modified by you, SAP, an IBU or an SAP partner.
For information on the selection of options on the selection screen in transaction SPAU, see
Selection Screen of Transaction SPAU.
You can display modified objects in transaction SPAU by double-clicking them.
After you adjusted or edited an object, you can use the User/Status function to modify the status
of the object. Before doing this, you can also add other developers or testers that are allowed to
edit the object, and create a short note.
In addition to the common functions for displaying the structure tree, such as Expand/Collapse
subtree, and so on, other functions are available for modification adjustments that are explained
in more detail below:

With Select subtree you can select several objects or a subtree and simultaneously
change the status of several objects.
Selecting multiple objects is only supported for the Adjust modifications, Reset to original,
Delete from display, and Delete modification logs functions.
With Update list you remove objects that were reset to original from the display. Tree
nodes that list only adjusted objects are highlighted in color.
With Filter, you can call the selection screen of transaction SPAU again. This makes
sense if the node No object with selected filter settings found appears in the tree display. If
this is the case, choose the basic settings on the selection screen so that all objects are
With No. of log entries, you get an overview of how many objects have been modified and
how many objects need to be adjusted.
The system displays a list with the number of log entries that are below a tree node. The
number of log entries shown in transaction SPAU, the modification adjustment status, and
the adjustment mode are displayed separately.
The number of log entries can exceed the number of the objects displayed in the tree.
This is the case since for one transport object, several log entries can exist for each
modularization unit. They are grouped together for the tree display and are represented as
a single object. The name of the user that has made the last change, and the associated
transport request are displayed.
With Color legend, you can display explanatory information on the colors used in the tree
structure. Depending on their status, the objects are highlighted in different colors.
The application toolbar provides common functions of the ABAP development environment:
Display, Change, Check, Activate, Test and Where-Used List.

You can display a changed object by double-clicking it or by choosing Object

Display from the menu.
All modified objects can be further edited using the Object Change
function. This does, however, not apply to modifications made with the
Modification Assistant and to objects in note corrections which have not yet
been adjusted. In these cases, you must first perform the release upgrade
The Object Check menu provides the Check object and Extended program
check functions. After you have adjusted objects or reset them to original, you
should check the syntax of these objects. The system quickly finds
inconsistencies and consequently avoids runtime errors. The Extended
program check function can only be used for programs and function groups.
Modified objects are saved as inactive versions initially if the object types are
linked to the active/inactive procedure. If you choose Activate, you see the
entire worklist of your inactive objects and can then activate them.
Reset to Original
Versions Using version management, you can compare the versions before and after
the upgrade or Support Package. If you made modifications without
Modification Assistant, version management allows you to recover earlier
versions, if required.
When versioning older releases (see below) the modification logs of objects
edited with the Modification Assistant are not completely saved. Therefore, do
not recover versions of such objects that were generated during or before the
last import. Since the modification logs would be inconsistent, data could be
lost during the next Support Package import or upgrade.
Instead, reset the object in question to original. If it no longer exists, recreate
it using the development environment tools. If you display the old version of
the object in a separate mode, you can copy the program coding into the
reset or newly created object.
Versions created after the last import, for example for an enhancement, are
retrieved completely.
Versions of objects modified entirely without Modification Assistant are always
retrieved completely.
For all types of modifications the versions created after importing the
following Support Packages are always completely retrieved:
4.5B SAPKH45B38
4.6B SAPKB46B25
4.6C SAPKB46C15
4.6D SAPKB46D05
For more information see
Version Management.
Select for The Select for transport function helps you to adjust other SAP Systems. In
Transport this case, do not use the transport release function in the Workbench
Organizer. If you choose the Select for transport function, the adjustment
process needs not be executed again in the subsequent systems (for
example, the production system).
Create only one transport request that you use to record all modifications.

If you have created several transport requests

already, you must consolidate your object lists into
one request. For example, if you have adjusted
different objects in your development and your
consolidation system, you must add the objects to a
common transport request to include it in the
adjustment process of the production system. For
more information, see
Choosing a Change Request to Transfer Modification Adjustments to
Other SAP Systems.
To automatically transfer modification adjustments to subsequent systems,
choose Select for transport after releasing the tasks for the request. When an
upgrade is carried out for the subsequent system, the marked transport is
imported. A new adjustment is not necessary. For detailed information on
transporting adjusted objects, see the following sections:
Handling Change Requests During Modification Adjustment
Choosing a Change Request for Modifications
Local and Transportable Change Requests
Releasing Tasks at the End of Modification Adjustment
Choosing a Change Request to Transfer Modification Adjustments to
Other SAP Systems
Goto Deleted Display outside the tree
Objects If you choose Goto, you get a list of the deleted objects. Alternatively, you can directly
execute the report RS_SMODILOG_FIND_DEL_OBJ. It may take several minutes to
find the objects.
The report RS_SMODILOG_FIND_DEL_OBJ displays the deleted subobjects (LIMU)
and the higher-level complete objects with a separate object catalog (R3TR), for
which only the modification logs exist. These objects were modified by the customer
and deleted during an upgrade or the import of a Support Package.
Double-clicking a subobject in a line of the list takes you to version management. You
can retrieve an old version of the subobject from the version database.
You can select some or all objects in the list and delete their modification logs.
Display within the tree
When the report SAPRUPGM is executed, the deleted objects are determined in the
system. The report SAPRUPGM is started automatically in the background after each
upgrade or Support Package import.
The deleted objects are displayed in the Modification Browser in the Deleted Objects
category. In the tree display, you can select one or all objects of this subtree and
delete the modification logs. You can find the corresponding function in the Utilities
menu. If the object persists due to an error, you must confirm in a dialog box that you
want to delete this object.

Modifications Before you exit transaction SPAU, you should choose Modifications Delete
Delete from from display to remove all objects from display for which modification
display adjustment is complete. To do this, you can select a subtree or several
objects, or you can place the cursor on a single object.
For more information see
Status of the Repository Objects.
See also:
Reset to Original
Special Features of Complete Objects
Selection Screen of Transaction SPAU
After you call transaction SPAU, the selection screen helps you to decide whether to display all
or only specific objects to be adjusted.
Selection Input:
Name of the user who last modified one or more objects

Name of a user who was named in the function User/Status in

transaction SPAU.

Last changed Name of the person or transport request that last changed the object
by If the object was subsequently modified by several developers, the tree display
Last transport only shows the user who last changed the object and the transport request used
request last. Certain transport objects such as function modules, report sources and
screens can consist of several modularization units (FORM routines, PAI and
PBO modules, interfaces, and so on). These units may have been last changed
by different users or last used by different transport requests. The transport
object is always shown in the tree display if at least one of these user names or
request numbers has been selected on the selection screen.
If you want to display objects for a transport request that will be edited at a later
time in other transport requests, enter the number of the request in the
Request/task field.
Package Name of a package
Package names are determined through the object catalog entry of the
complete object (such as the function group for function modules).
Name of a transport request or a project BOM.

Number of a task

All relevant objects are displayed in the tree.

Use the checkboxes of the tabs in the lower part of the screen to restrict the display of the
objects in transaction SPAU.
Tab page: Explanation of the Checkboxes:
Note Corrections

This category is available only with the Add-On SAP Note Assistant. It only displays a list of the notes,
because the modification adjustment always concerns all objects involved in the
note correction. In the Modification Browser (transaction SE95) you can expand
a subtree under each note. It contains the objects involved in the note correction.

Without Modification Assistant

This category displays objects that were modified in the current SAP System before upgrade from a Release prior to 4.5A to Release 4.5A or higher. This category also displays all
Repository objects from those areas in the SAP standard where modifications are not supported by the Modification Assistant.


Log of all modifications to translations.

Migration Objects

After match code objects for tables, structures, views, and search helps have been migrated, the new objects created are displayed in the tree.
The Customer Enhancements (SMOD) part is listed in the Migration Objects category if converted by SAP into a corresponding Business Add-In definition. The associated CMOD
part is converted into a Business Add-In implementation during modification adjustment.

Reset If you reset note corrections to original, the note numbers with the associated
Objects objects are displayed in the Reset Objects category. Note corrections that have
become obsolete after the import of the Support Package are displayed in a
separate subtree. When you reset modifications with Modification Assistant and
without Modification Assistant to original, the system writes a log entry for the
complete transport object. The details of previous modifications are no longer
available. Translations and migration objects which are reset to original are listed
in a category of their own.
Adjustment The Adjustment Filter tab is only displayed in the modification adjustment
Filter transaction. Objects that still need to be adjusted can be shown in the tree with a
gray, green, yellow, or red traffic light. These symbols mean obsolete notes,
automatic, semi-automatic, or manual adjustment mode. By selecting the
corresponding fields, you restrict the object display to specific adjustment
If you select the Objects already adjusted option, objects are displayed with a
green checkmark or a stop sign.
If you select Already adjusted objects, objects are displayed with a green
checkmark or a stop sign.
Display The display is normally structured by the modification type (note corrections,
Options modifications with and without Modification Assistant, and so on) and the object
type (programs, function groups, and so on). On the Display Options tab, you
can use various radio buttons to choose another display format. In the first
hierarchy level, the system displays all names of the persons who last changed
the objects, all last transport requests or all packages.

You can create a selection variant for this screen by choosing Goto
Variants Save as Variant. The next time you call transaction SPAU,
your selection options are then automatically set which allows you to
skip the selection screen.