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From Gianny Damour <>
Subject Re: Key Generator Questions
Date Tue, 13 Jun 2006 12:06:18 GMT
Hi Neal,

Thanks for this feedabck. You are correct: it is pretty easy to write 
some initialization code to create a sequence table and insert a value. 
As a matter of fact, if you have a look to 
you can see that is is indeed super easy.

At some point, the sequence table was systematically initialized. As 
reported by GERONIMO-682 - "Automatic key generators too restrictive" 
(, this approach was 
not considered as appropriate. I think that when the primary key 
generators have been refactored this problem has been partially fixed.

Could you please open a JIRA to track the need of an optional element 
enabling sequence table generation?


Neal Sanche wrote:

> Hi All,
> Yesterday I had some fun with the sequence-table key generator. I had 
> this fragment at the end of my Entity deployment plan.
>      <pkgen:key-generator>
>        <pkgen:sequence-table>
>          <pkgen:table-name>sequence</pkgen:table-name>
>          <pkgen:sequence-name>reminder</pkgen:sequence-name>
>          <pkgen:batch-size>1</pkgen:batch-size>
>        </pkgen:sequence-table>
>      </pkgen:key-generator>
> I know, I should increase my batch-size, but really I am only doing 
> one at a time. But that's not my problem. Why doesn't the 
> key-generator create the table if it doesn't already exist? It took me 
> quite some time to figure out that it was looking for a table with two 
> columns, one called 'name' and one called 'value'. Yeah, I know, it's 
> pretty easy to guess it, but I couldn't find it documented. I'm sure I 
> didn't look everywhere, and could have looked in the source code to 
> find the columns.
> Once I created my table, the application started throwing exceptions 
> like crazy! It turned out the misleading 'Transaction already rolled 
> back' errors were because the record in the table didn't exist. I'm 
> sure it would be super easy to create the record if it wasn't already 
> there, and start the numbering at 1. I'm just so surprised it doesn't 
> already have this ability. I'm sure I'm missing something, right?
> So, as far as I know, in order to get the key generator to work, I 
> have to create the sequence table:
> create table sequence (name varchar(240) not null primary key, value 
> integer);
> And then add the sequence key:
> insert into sequence values ('reminder',1);
> And then it'll go. Before that it just complains loudly and rolls back 
> my transaction.
> What am I missing?
> Cheers.
> -Neal

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