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3200555 - Workflow syntax errors after upgrade


  • Custom Workflow data type (for example BAPIRET2TAB) is missing after upgrade in PFTC/SWDD transaction.
  • Following errors occurred when loading the container:
    XML import of container '****' failed
    Error during deserialization
    The data object could not be created:.....

  • SAP_WORKFLOW_RESTART running for long time and high CPU utilisation in the system (related to workflow tasks and SAP_WFRT user).
  • Following syntax errors are occurring in custom programs, function modules, workflows.
Category               ABAP programming error
Runtime Errors         SYNTAX_ERROR
ABAP Program           <custom program name>
Application Component  Not assigned
Short text
Syntax error in program "<custom program name>"
What happened?

Error in the ABAP application program.                             
The current ABAP program "<custom program name>" had to be terminated
because it found a statement that could not be executed.
......, the following syntax errors have occurred:
Type "BAPIRET2TAB" is unknown.



  • SAP Business Workflow
  • SAP NetWeaver
  • SAP Web Application Server for SAP S/4 HANA
  • ABAP PLATFORM - Application Server ABAP
  • Custom Code/Workflow
  • Upgrade to SAP S/4HANA 1809 or higher release


ABAP platform all versions ; SAP NetWeaver all versions ; SAP S/4HANA 1809 ; SAP S/4HANA 1909 ; SAP S/4HANA 2020 ; SAP Web Application Server for SAP S/4HANA all versions


WF_GDPR, SWF_WORKFLOW, WFMSTD, SJOBREPO, WS9*, CPU 100%, SJOBREPO, workflow job performance, BAPIRET2TAB, S/4HANA 2021 upgrade, S/4HANA 2020 upgrade, IS-Media is a deprecated application in SAP S/4HANA, release 1809 all objects belonging to this component have been removed, type name, an exception was raised , KBA , BC-BMT-WFM , Business Workflow , IS-M , Media , Problem

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