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Internal Tables - keyname

The name of the table key can be specified in several statements for the processing of internal tables. The table key name can used to access a table row or to control processing. The following syntax applies to the label keyname:

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54


... key_name | (name)  ...


The name of a table key can either be specified directly, as key_name, or dynamically, as the contents of a parenthesized character-like data object name (not case-sensitive).

You can specify:

  • the table key used in a LOOP-loop using its predefined name loop_key. In this case, the statement must be executed within the loop.


  • Normally secondary table keys are specified.

  • When specifying the primary table key using primary_key, it is important to note that it may be empty for standard tables. This can produce unexpected behavior in statements where the key is used to specify the rows to be processed.