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With trace files, you can check the ICF runtime (in particular kernel functions) if troubleshooting with the debugger has not been successful.


You should only activate traces if troubleshooting with debugging has not been successful, and the analysis of the application process needs to be continued at kernel level.


Note that the troubleshooting method described here can affect your system performance. You should therefore only activate it if you really need it. You are advised to monitor the corresponding settings regularly and to deactivate any functions you no longer require.

  1. To activate ICF traces, call transaction SICF and select the service for which you want to activate them.

  2. In the menu, choose Start of the navigation path Edit Next navigation step Trace Next navigation step Activate Trace End of the navigation path.


    The path for the service you have selected is displayed in the URL path in the ICF field.

  3. Enter a validity period for the activation and define whether or not the trace is to be user-specific. If you select Only for Calls from SAPGui IP, the traces are only activated for calls from the active SAPGUI IP address.

  4. Specify the protocol (http or smtp) and the trace level (2 or 3) to be used.


    The entries in the trace files refer to the kernel functions and the way they run. These can normally only be interpreted by the responsible developers. If you need help analyzing trace files, contact SAP Support.


    You can also use the Server Monitor to obtain information about the general state of the server. To do so, choose Start of the navigation path Edit Menu Next navigation step Server Monitor Next navigation step Local Serve (or Entire System) End of the navigation path. You can use this information to find indications of potential performance problems.