Report Deletes Relationships to “Ghost” Objects

  • by A.J. Whalen, SAP Marketing Director, Velocity Technology Solutions
  • October 15, 2003
Routine maintenance of Personnel Development (PD) objects can become complicated if one or more of the objects involved has been improperly deleted from R/3 or has become invalid. In some instances, you may be unable to proceed with the maintenance on these objects because of this inconsistent state. This article shows you what report to use to solve the problem.

Routine maintenance of Personnel Development (PD) objects can become complicated if one or more of the objects involved has been improperly deleted from R/3 or has become invalid. In some instances, you may be unable to proceed with the maintenance on these objects because of this inconsistent state.

For example, when you try to delete a relationship between a valid position object and a personnel number that no longer exists in the R/3 database, the process terminates with the error message Personnel number does not exist. What has occurred is that either the source or target object in the table that stores Xobject relationships, HRP1001, still exists as an entry in that table. However, the actual object has already been removed from the R/3 database.

The dilemma you face is that while you are prohibited from deleting this invalid relationship in your object maintenance, you cannot remove the invalid object from R/3 because it no longer exists. This article shows you how to use the report RHCHECKRELATIONS to delete relationships between valid objects and these so-called “ghost” objects.

A.J. Whalen

A.J. Whalen has successfully combined more than two decades of global business expertise with in-depth experience in the strategic development, management, and delivery of large-scale projects and education for SAP ERP HCM. Prior to his current role as SAP Marketing Director at Velocity Technology Solutions, he served as lead consultant for several global SAP implementations and engagements as well as an SAP Conference Producer for Wellesley Information Services. A.J. has been invited to speak at nine annual SAP educational events and holds an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

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