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3008691 - Application cannot be started. Reason: it has hard reference to application


After an upgrade or patch, the following exception is found on DefaultTrace files:

Application <FAILED_APPLICATION> cannot be started. Reason: it has hard reference to application, which is not active on the server because  application is not deployed. Probably referring application <FAILED_APPLICATION> declares runtime but no deploy-time dependency to the referred application which is wrong. Deploy the component or contact owners of application <FAILED_APPLICATION> to check their references..



  • NetWeaver Application Server Java
  • Enterprise Portal


SAP NetWeaver 7.3 ; SAP NetWeaver 7.4 ; SAP NetWeaver 7.5 ; SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.3


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, KBA , CA-UI2-THD , Theme Designer , EP-PIN-PRT , Portal Runtime , EP-PIN-MIG , Upgrades issues (6.4 / 7.0 to >=7.3) , EP-PIN-TOL , Themes / Portal UI Theme Designer / Theme Editor , Problem

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