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Change database fields in SE16 using the debugger

Sometimes you need to change one field in a database table where no maintenance view exists or the table is “locked” against changes in a productive system. If you have the authorization to change fields in the debugger, you can use SE16 to change a database field with the following steps:

  1. Open transaction SE16
  2. Select the requested table and data set(s)
  3. Make sure you have activated the old view (SE16 standard list) - menu Settings -> User parameters… -> SE16 Standard List

SE16 Standard List

  1. Select all data sets you want to modify
  2. Press F7 (Display)
  3. Enter the debugger mode by putting /h into the command field
  4. Change the content of the field code from SHOW to EDIT
  5. Edit the field you want to change and press save.