SAP Knowledge Base Article - Public

2847045 - "Cannot locate the corresponding record." Delimiting child objects - Employee Central


When trying to delimit child objects for a MDF object, system is throwing the following error:

"Cannot locate the corresponding record."

"Image/data in this KBA is from SAP internal systems, sample data, or demo systems. Any resemblance to real data is purely coincidental."


  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central
  • MDF

Reproducing the Issue

Example Delimiting Pay Component for the Pay Scale Level:

  1. You have the following configuration in the Pay Scale Level which records in 02/01/2019 and 01/01/2019 has the same Pay Component as child object.


  2. You need to Delimit both records mentioned in the Step 1 from 02/01/2019 and 01/01/2019 and try to do it via Import and Export Data:


  3. However when trying to import, the result in monitor job is the following:



Expected behavior, as the system is using the forward propagation function.

In my example above, there are two effective dated records been delimited (02/01/2019 and 01/01/2019) in the import file, then when you trying to import in this way, system will delimit the first record correctly (01/01/2019), however when system tries to delimit the second record (02/01/2019), this record was already delimited for the forward propagation and should not exist in the system anymore.

Then the "Cannot locate corresponding object" is triggered because the object information does not exist in the provided time slice anymore, the following KBA also explain this error: 2516461 - MDF Data Import – “Cannot locate corresponding object” error when trying to delete record


Import just the first record in the file to delimit all next records.

  1. Go to your import file
  2. Keep just the earlier record date (in my example is the record on 01/01/2019)


  3. Go to Import and Export Data
  4. Import it

Result: All the records after specified effective date (01/01/2019) will be delimited by the forward propagation


See Also

2516461 - MDF Data Import – “Cannot locate corresponding object” error when trying to delete record


MDF-32319, forward propagation, delimit, mdf delimit, Cannot locate the corresponding record, import mdf issue, error delimiting via import , KBA , LOD-SF-EC-CMP-FOR , Forward Propagation , LOD-SF-MDF , Metadata Framework , Problem


SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central all versions