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“Central Table Error” and its Solution


Issues encountered while creating Analytical views.

Let me explain this in an elaborated form:

Error Message:-

“Central table not unique. Attributes defined for different tables.”

CASE 1:- when we take a counter.

Problem Description:-

When we create an analytical view with tables and attribute views with a counter for any field. As Counter is itself a measure, we don’t need to define any other measure. When we validate and activate it. We will get the error as shown below:


Steps to recreate the error:

1.  Create an analytical view.


2. Create a Counter.



3.  Activate the view.


Here you will get the error.


4. Delete the counter you created and mark the same field as a measure in semantics.


There is no error now.

If you re designate the measure as an attribute in the semantics and create a counter in the same way. It will be activated successfully.


REASON  : For successful activation of an Analytical view, it requires a unique central table. For example when we create an attribute view with multiple tables, then we need to define a “key attribute” without which central table identification is not possible. Thus a “key attribute” is essential for successful activation of an Attribute view with multiple tables. In case of Analytical view as shown in the above example, when we define a measure, the table of the field which has been used as measure will automatically get designated as “central table” by HANA. In this case when we took a counter on Material Number (or any field for that matter can be taken as example) , the system was not able to identify a unique central table and an error message was generated. Now when we removed the counter and took the material number as measure in the semantics and marked it as count, the view was successfully activated.  Now, when we change material number back to attribute from measure and define the same counter on material number again, the before mentioned error will not be encountered again. Strange? The reason is that when we took material number as measure and activated the view, HANA identified the table of the field taken as measure (MARA in this case) as the central table which was not available earlier. Now even after changing Material number to attribute and creating a counter, the error message will not be seen as system is already aware of a central table for the view.

CASE 2: When we do not take any measure and mark the “Data Category” as Blank.

Steps to recreate the error:

1.  Create an analytical view.


2. Mark the Data Category as Blank and not Cube as we are not going to take any measure.


3.  Activate the view.


Here you will get the error message as “Central Table not Unique”.



It could not Identify the Central table. As an evidence we can see here that the “central entity” is blank:


4.  Now, Mark any field in the Semantics as Measure and activate it. The view will successfully be activated.


Now, Lets see the Central Entity in the Properties section:


Here It automatically took the table as central table from which the field was given

as measure.

5.  Now, after reverting the change i.e. again marking the field as an attribute and    activating the view. It will activate successfully.


If the system is not able to pick the central table, we can anytime choose the central table for the central entity to avoid the error.

This Content is tested for both version SPS08 and SPS09 of HANA.

Please let me know if you have any queries.

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      Author's profile photo Lars Breddemann
      Lars Breddemann

      Wow, this choice of layout and especially font size really causes eye cancer distress...

      Apart from that, I would have loved to see a little broader explanation of why there is the need for a central table (basic mapping of logical cube design to physical data model)  and what alternative modelling options are available (star join in calculation view).

      This text could have been so much better if there was an actual use case in it.

      With the modelling task at the start, the limitation of just one fact (central) table in the second act and the resolution to all of this trouble in the finishing paragraph.

      That really could have made an interesting blog post read.

      In its current form it is unfortunately just a re-issuing of dry, abstract and old information.

      You can write so much better! Just let it out 🙂

      - Lars

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Wow...Sakshi.. I appreciate the effort you took to post this.

      Keep posting.

      Cheers 🙂

      Author's profile photo sakshi srivastava
      sakshi srivastava
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Rebecca 🙂

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      Former Member

      bahut acha likha h..Very informative article...:)