TIME_OUT ABAP Programming Error

Whenever ABAP program is executed for more than certain period of time, you may get the following runtime error.

Category: ABAP Programming Error

Runtime Errors: TIME_OUT

When does it happen?

If you run ABAP program typically by pressing F8 either in SE80 or SE38 (in foreground).

What does it mean?

SAP has defined system parameter which says that you can’t run any ABAP program for more than the specified amount of seconds. The reason for this is to save resources of SAP server.


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1. Run program in background

Use this solution any time you can. Running the same program in background will not trigger runtime error even though it would run few times longer.

Steplist on how to execute program from runtime, click here for detailed step guide.

2. Extend amount of seconds on the system?

Do this only when you are allowed to do so, or you are on your own SAP trial system and you want to play around with system variables.

There is a system parameter called ‘RDISP/MAX_WPRUN_TIME‘, which holds the value.

To change it, follow these steps:

Go to transaction RZ11.

Put ‘rdisp/max_wprun_time’ into Param. Name input field and hit Display.

Hit ‘Change Value’

Change value to desired value in seconds (e.g. 700).

Hit Save.

Warning message will be displayed, telling you that changes will be active only after restarting SAP server.

Hit Okay button.

Value is changed.



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