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MODIFY { dbtab | *dbtab } VERSION vers. 


This variant of the MODIFY statement works essentially like the short form of the Open SQL statement, but belongs, along with the VERSION addition, to the obsolete access statements for which the name of a database table must be specified for dbtab that begins with "T" and comprises no more than five characters.

If the VERSION addition is used, database table dbtab is not processed; instead, the table whose name is made up of "T" and the content of vers is processed. For vers, a data object with no more than four characters and of type c must be specified. The content of rows will continue to be obtained from table work area dbtab or dbtab*. The statement is not executed if the database table does not exist or does not fulfill the naming conventions given above.


  • The VERSION addition is not permitted in classes. Instead, specify the database table dynamically at its operand position in Open SQL.
  • None of the additions possible in Open SQL can be specified with VERSION.
  • The obsolete access statements do not support automatic client handling. The client identifier of a database table must be specified explicitly. The application programs are only to work with data for the current client. In systems with multitenancy, this is checked by the ABAP runtime environment.