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Hold on… but not yet

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You are doing a LOOP AT in a 1000-line table, and you know that you want line 853. Until recently, you had two options: either hit F8 852 times, running the risk of hitting it 853 times and having to start all over again, or create a watchpoint with the condition SY-TABIX = 852 or something close, and pray that it worked.

Now you have a third option.

This alternative is much easier, and infallible. Now, you can configure a normal break-point to stop only after “x” number of occurrences. In the debugger, under the tab “Ptos.par./watchpts”, there is a column called “Ignore (number)” which defines the number of times that the break-point is skipped before stopping.


And if you look right next to it, there is a column to create conditions. If you use these, you no longer have to use watchpoints. I never really liked them.

Another big advantage o fusing this new technique instead of the old watchpoints is that the old ones didn’t allow for field-symbols in the conditions. And the new ones do. Great!

Thanks to Sérgio Fraga for the tip.

And thanks to Dirk Knight for the photo.

Greetings from Abapinho.