Searching Efficiently for Table Entries

Use

With the Archive File Browser you can always include all files that exist in the system in the search area, define the search criteria and then choose Start Search. Using this procedure it can be a long time before you get a result. As a rule the maximum runtime of a dialog step is limited, so in many cases you may not actually get a result.

Depending on the circumstances the following options are available to you:

·        Using the Archive Information System

·        User entries when archiving

·        Restricting the search area

·        Search in the background

Procedure

·        Using the Archive Information System

In many systems used for archiving, the Archive Information System is also active. If info structures have been constructed you should use them. In this instance the Archive Information System essentially offers more efficient access to archived data than the Archive File Browser. The prerequisite for this is that the appropriate archive information structures are available and have been constructed.

·        User entries when archiving

In archive administration (transaction SARA) you can see which selection criteria were used at the start of an archive session. In order to see how the archiving was started, choose the context menu (right mouse button) for an archiving session user entries. You can often ascertain on the basis of this information which table entries could be contained in the files for the session. You should then only search through files that could also contain the data.

·        Restricting the search area

You do not have to make the system search through all of the available archive files. You can, for instance, select only archive files of sessions where the user entries match. If a time restriction is possible, you should set an appropriate filter in the overview of the archive files before including the archive files in the search area.

·        Search in the background

Carry out the search in the background, especially if you are interested in more than the first hit.

Example

For additional information, see Examples of Efficient Working with the AFB.