Enqueue and Dequeue: Lock Program in ABAP

Lock Objects in SAP ABAP are global reusable component which generates function modules i.e. ENQUEUE_E_TABLE and DEQUEUE_E_TABLE that are used to set and release locks on data record. This Enqueue and Dequeue method is used to lock and unlock any object in SAP ABAP. In this article, we will learn these methods with the help of a program. Before starting this, you must read the basic concepts of Lock Objects in SAP ABAP.


It is very important to lock an object that is under development. By object we mean everything i.e. Tables, Views, Reports, Methods, Function Modules, and all. ABAP too provides these features by default for their standard interfaces. But what if you need to create one for your own table. Then you need to use the given two Function Modules:

  1. ENQUEUE_E_TABLE:  To Add Lock
  2. DEQUEUE_E_TABLE: To Remove Lock
Enqueue and Dequeue in ABAP- Image Illustration
Enqueue and Dequeue in ABAP- Image Illustration

ABAP Program to perform Enqueue and Dequeue Operations

DATA: varkey LIKE rstable-varkey.
varkey = sy-mandt.
*   MODE_RSTABLE   = 'E'
    tabname        = 'ZBarry_TEST'
    varkey         = varkey
*   X_TABNAME      = ' '
*   X_VARKEY       = ' '
*   _SCOPE         = '2'
*   _WAIT          = ' '
*   _COLLECT       = ' '
    foreign_lock   = 1
    system_failure = 2
    OTHERS         = 3.
CASE sy-subrc.
  WHEN 1.
    MESSAGE i184(bctrain) WITH 'Foreign lock'.
  WHEN 2.
    MESSAGE i184(bctrain) WITH 'system failure'.
  WHEN 0.
    MESSAGE i184(bctrain) WITH 'success'.
    MESSAGE i184(bctrain) WITH 'others'.
*   MODE_RSTABLE       = 'E'
    tabname = 'ZBarry_TEST'
    varkey  = varkey
*   X_TABNAME          = ' '
*   X_VARKEY           = ' '
*   _SCOPE  = '3'
*   _SYNCHRON          = ' '
*   _COLLECT           = ' '

IF sy-subrc <> 0.
* Implement suitable error handling here

Code Explanation

The above program is self explanatory, still we will explain key points below:

  • Initially, we have defined  a variable varkey which will give the client information. It tells, ABAP, for which client, you want to block/unblock the table. It is taken automatically using sy-mandt.
  • Then we have called Function ‘ENQUEUE_E_TABLE’, it returns either either success, failure or Foreign lock exception.
  • Later, when we are done with our changes regarding our table, we need to unlock the same. For that we call Function ‘DEQUEUE_E_TABLE’.

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