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Analysis of SID tables in SAP BW


SID table come into picture throughout the BW processes starting from data load to read process. SID creation and check process is automated in BW and hence in most of the time we dont really check these tables. There are times when we need to address questions like:

  • How flags CHCKFL, DATAFL and INCFL works in SID table.
  • Master data Cleanup activity.
  • How F4/BEx help is working?
  • Foreign key relationship between dimension table and SID table. Cardinality during designing a cube.

In this article we will focus on SID flags and their locking feature. How flags CHCKFL, DATAFL and INCFL gets populated and their significance. Next article will address the steps of master data cleanup in BW.


There are 3 flags CHCKFL, DATAFL and INCFL in SID tables. These fields gets updated depending upon the where used list of an entry/SID. SID flags are BI: Locked Data Elements and play an important role to keep  SAP BW data consistent by providing locking over data.

  • CHCKFL                –             Flag: Value in check tables (indicates some entries in master data table is still in use by other objects).
  • DATAFL                –             Flag: Value in dimension or available as attribute(some other infocube(s) is/are still using SID – master data table).
  • INCFL                    –            Flag: Value is built into all inclusion tables (some other hierarchies is still using SID – master data table value).

In other words flag values indicate that data is still linked to other objects in BW.

SID Flag Matrix:

Flag: Value in check tables
Flag: Value in dimension or available as attribute
Flag: Value is built into all inclusion tables
0 X X X This entry appears if transaction data loaded before master data.
Number X SID is in use in Dimentation table of cube(s) or in Hierarchy
Number X X SID is in use in Dimentation table of cube(s) or in Hierarchy and data is also in use in P or Q table (Master data table)
Number X X X Is in use in Dimentation table/ any active table of DSO
Number X X Is part of attribute of another master data infoobject and also declared as Nav attribute.
Number X Data entered in master data table (or text table; infoobject with only text table) and not in use in any other tables
Number X X If an infoset is created on top of infoobject, then SID’s will be created for all infoobject included in infoset.
  • Hierarchy load creates SID
  • Master data load will create SID in for all navigational attributes
  • Master data infoobject included in infoset : SID’s gets created for all attributes included in infoset (regardless whether attributes were declared as display of navigational). SID gets created for all navigational attributes during master data load activity, whereas for display attributes SID gets created when we read data from infoset for the very first time.
  • SID’s get created during request activation process in DSO (if “SIDs Generation upon Activation” flag is checked in DSO, under settings)
  • SID’s  created during standard cube load activity.

Note:- The process remains the same: When a data package is processed, there must first be a check whether a SID already exists for each key value and if necessary, it must be inserted. For performance reasons, this method is not used for master data texts, that is if you only load master data texts without the corresponding attributes, no SIDs are generated and the loaded texts are not available for BEx queries. An exception is characteristics that have no master data. In this case, loading texts also results in the generation of the SID.Master data load will not create any SID entries for display attributes.

There are 2 SID tables available for Master data infoobjects :

  1. Under general tab: We are taking example of 0GL_ACCOUNT (G/L Account)


          This SID table is available for all BW infoobjects (regardless whether they are master data enabled or not).

          Analysis of SID tables in SAP BW (1).JPG

          Ways to populate SID table:

·     InfoCube data load activity and G/L Account is included in one of the domination.

·     Hierarchy load (if hierarchy exists for G/L Account)

·     If G/L Account is included as an navigational attribute in another master data infoobject.

·     SID creation during request activation process in DSO

·     If infoobject G/L Account (or master data infoobject wher G/L Account is an attribute) is included in an infoset.

    2.   Under “Master data/text” tab: SID table attribute.

           Analysis of SID tables in SAP BW (2).JPG

          This table contains SID combinations of all navigational attributes declared in the master data infoobject.

          Way to populate SID table:

·     Master data load of 0GL_ACCOUNT will populate this table.

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***Next article will be on “Master data cleanup activity”

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