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2804788 - [MDF] - Manage Configuration UI - Changes made to existing MDF Object are not reflecting in the UI


Changes made to existing MDF Object are not reflecting in the UI (Manage Configuration UI).

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Reproducing the Issue

  1. Navigate to Configure Object Definition > Search for "Object Definition" and select an existing custom MDF object
  2. Perform a change in the object (i.e; add, edit, delete a field or change the data type to a different date type)
  3. Save
  4. Navigate to Manage Configuration UI > Search for the custom MDF object you changed
  5. Notice the changes did not reflect in Manage Configuration UI (i.e; the field did not become a picklist or the new field does not reflect)


When you change a configuration of an existing object in Configure Object Definition, the changes won't automatically reflect in the UI. There seems to be a lag in changes between the Manage Configuration UI and the configured existing Custom MDF object (in Configure Object Definition).


You will need to perform a refresh of the UI via the steps below:

  1. Navigate to Manage Configuration UI > Search for the configured existing custom MDF object
  2. In the Select Base Object, reselect the Base Object (just simply search for the same object in Select Base Object). This will refresh the UI. You will notice that the changes have reflected in the UI.
  3. Click Save

    MDF object reselect.PNG

Note #1: After you reselect the Base Object, all Configuration UI rules will be deleted. Hence, it is important to backup all UI rules before saving.

Note #2: If you are making a Data Type change and If data exists before proceeding with the data type change all data associated with the selected fields will be deleted.

See Also

2553102 - Employee Central - Manage Configuration UI (MDF object UI)

2211616 - How to Configure a UI for a Generic Object in Meta Data Framewok - SuccessFactors


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