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How To Change The Column Text Length In Siebel

In Siebel, we often find ourselves creating new extension columns and reusing unused business component fields for different purposes. But, how do you manage a situation in which an existing field has been created with a column text length that is larger than what you want?

Let us look at an example. In this scenario, I would like a new field “Description.” So, here I mapped it to the unused Column X_BIO_URL. By default, Siebel will set the Text Length to whatever the database column length is – in this case, it is 150.

What if I don’t want the requirement to be 150 but something less, such as 3? You would think that if I changed the text length to 3, it would work.

However, one additional step is required. The step is to add a user property to the field Description. The Text Length Override user property should be marked “TRUE.”

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section.

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Rene Schmidt

With 20 years of life sciences experience and 10 of working with Siebel, Rene is a Lead Technical consultant @ Perficient. Originally from Montreal, PQ, Rene now resides in Augusta, GA.

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