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From Janne Jalkanen <>
Subject Re: When does a page "exist"?
Date Tue, 05 May 2009 17:47:54 GMT
> view of ContentManager, but really don't in the filesystem. Case in
> point: page-save approval workflow tests are failing because, in order
> to create the WikiContext, we create a page node but it does not get
> saved until somebody actually approves it.

That's actually a different issue: since you can't guarantee that the  
next HTTP request is handled by the same Thread, and Sessions are per  
Thread, we cannot store page-save approval workflows into the Session.  
They actually need to be flushed to the persistence layer (=saved to  
the filesystem), or else the workflow won't be there to be approved,  
unless you're really lucky.

Perhaps this is the reason why things are failing?  Also note that  
once request is over, we flush any unsaved stuff with  
Session.refresh() (or Session.logout(), don't remember which) to make  
sure it does not grow uncontrollably.

This is why we need to either store Workflows in-memory or on-disk.

> To bring some clarity to this, I'd propose we define a page node as
> "existing" of it 1) is present in the JCR, and 2) has been saved;
> i.e., Node.isNew() returns false.
> I can't think of any reason why this wouldn't work, or any odd
> side-effects. I suppose it's possible that within a particular thread,
> multiple page adds could step on each other before the JCR Session
> save(). But that's about it, and any cases where we see this could be
> worked around easily.

I think it's fine, but we must remember that any  
causes a new version in the repository.

Anybody want to BTW make sure all our unit tests also run with  


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