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2901680 - Import and validate various versions of MDF picklist failed


  • When importing or validating various versions picklists from Import and Export Data, in Monitor Jobs, the import/Validation job failed
  • Check from provisioning Job run history, the corresponding MDF Data Import job details, it display error message like"...Caused by: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded (max heap: 35916 MB)
    at org.jboss.seam.contexts.Contexts.lookupInStatefulContexts("


  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • SAP SuccessFactors Metadata Framework (MDF)

Reproducing the Issue

User attempts to import picklists with various versions in Import and Export data, however the import job status is failed.


The best option is to reduce the version of picklist. It is actually a mis-use of version (timeslice) of picklist. 

It is recommended to only keep 2-5 versions of a picklists and If necessary, insert two or three middle versions to represent big picklists changes. 

See Also

Creating the MDF Picklist

2714036 - How to Import and Export a MDF Picklist - SuccessFactors


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