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When you activate the database trace, the system logs all database kernel messages. The log file database trace helps you identify errors that occurred, for example, when SQL statements were processed.

Note Note

Activating the database trace has a negative effect on performance for SAP liveCache databases. This is not the case for SAP MaxDB databases.

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You are logged on to the database as database system administrator or as a DBM operator with server authorization for starting and stopping the database trace.

More information: Glossary, Server Permission


Starting the Database Trace
  1. Select the database in the explorer tree.

  2. In the context menu of the database, choose   Administration Tasks   Database Trace   Options...  

  3. Select the trace options.

    Database Trace: Options






    You can set a trace level for each option. The higher the trace level, the more detailed the information that is recorded for this option by the database trace.


    Trace Session

    Database sessions that are to be included in the database trace

    • All sessions

    • Current session

    • Session

      Enter the ID of the database session.

    Stop on Error

    If you specify an error number, the system stops the database trace when this error occurs.

  4. To start the trace, choose Finish.

Stopping the Database Trace

After you have performed the database actions you want to analyze, stop the database trace:

  1. In the context menu of the database, choose   Administration Tasks   Database Trace   Options...  

  2. Choose Deselect All.

  3. Choose Finish.

Generating the Database Trace Log File
  1. In the context menu of the database, choose   Administration Tasks   Database Trace   Generate...  

  2. Choose the properties that you want to display in the log file.

    Database Trace: Options for Generating the Log File


    What Is Written to the Log File


    Trace outputs of the order interface


    Trace outputs of the data record interface


    Trace outputs of the table interface


    Message buffer


    Number of the trace page and the position of the block on the page for the order interface and the message buffer


    Information about the processing strategy


    Results of internal time measurements


    Additional trace outputs

    Database Trace: Further Options for Generating the Log File



    Flush before generate database trace

    Before the system generates the log file, it writes all the information contained in the working memory to the database trace.

    Open database trace file after generation

    Once the system has generated the log file for the database trace, the file is displayed in Database Studio.

    Deactivate database trace after generation

    Deactivates the database trace after the log file was generated (if you have not already deactivated it).

  3. To generate the log file, choose Finish.

Displaying the Database Trace Log File

To display the database trace (Database Trace (Readable) file), proceed as described in section Displaying Configuration and Log Files.

Initializing the Database Trace

You delete all database trace information that the system has collected so far.

In the context menu of the database, choose   Administration Tasks   Database Trace   Clear...  

More Information

SAP Note 837385

Database Administration, Traces