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From "Giota Karadimitriou" <Giota.Karadimitr...@eurodyn.com>
Subject RE: Beginners JTA question-problems with clone when using container
Date Fri, 10 Feb 2006 16:17:33 GMT

I know I bring up an old thread but I would like to share some problems
I encountered lately, related to jackrabbit and transactions when using
a container.

After Dominique's excellent suggestion to make jackrabbit a resource
adapter (thanks again Dominique!), things worked ok for me for a while. 

However I recently ran into some new problems. The scenario I wanted to
perform is the following,

1. I move a node from one workspace to another using clone

wsDest.clone(originalWorkspace, originalPath,
                  name, true);

2. And then I want to set 2 of its properties, namely originalPath and

Node rn = session.getRootNode();
log.debug("rn=" + rn);
Node movedNode = rn.getNode(name);
log.debug("movedNode=" + movedNode);
movedNode.setProperty("originalPath",originalPath); !!!!HERE EXCEPTION

The problem I encountered was that an 'ItemNotFound exception' happens
in this step when I call setProperty, even though the moved node is
succefully printed in the previous step. 

This happens probably because now that jackrabbit is transactional, the
'move' only takes place virtually and not physically until the end of
the transaction, thus preventing jackrabbit from really locating the
node when trying to setProperty.

However, the question is should jackrabbit throw such an exception since
the 'move' changes are not yet persisted? Is there a way to check
persistency and not to try to locate sth that is not yet persisted?

If I try to set the properties on the original node before moving it,
it's 'clone' itself that fails.

Finally I tried as a final step to create a new node in the other
workspace and copy all the properties of the old one into the new, then
remove the old
and save both sessions (new and old) but then I get a 'Two phase commit
failed' error.


-----Original Message-----
From: dominique.pfister@gmail.com [mailto:dominique.pfister@gmail.com]
On Behalf Of Dominique Pfister
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:43 AM
To: jackrabbit-dev@incubator.apache.org
Subject: Re: Beginners JTA question

Hi Kevin,

The UserTransactionImpl in Jackrabbit is used solely for testing
purposes, where you usually don't have an application server within
reach, sorry, if this is confusing.

In order to make Jackrabbit work as an XA resource, you have to make
it available as a resource adapter (RA) in your application server.
There is a contribution named jca in the contrib directory that
packages jackrabbit into a deployable RAR (resource adapter archive).

For BEA, you'll probably want to add a weblogic-ra.xml to the RAR's
META-INF folder that specifies the JNDI name where your RA will be
made available to applications. Finally, your web application will
need a resource-ref entry that has to be linked to the RA's JNDI name.
If you then reference this resource in your code:

Repository rep = (Repository) new

it will automatically be enlisted as an XAResource in BEA's


On 1/11/06, Kevin Wiggen <kwiggen@xythos.com> wrote:
> Sorry if this question is a newbie to JTA question, but I have been
> looking at the jackrabbit code and I can't figure the following out.
> I want to use Jackrabbit in my BEA container and use JTA to coordinate
> the transaction with Jackrabbit and my other JTA transactional
> resources.  The other resources already are plugged into the BEA world
> and code uses the BEA UserTransaction to coordinate the interaction
> between these resources.
> The short question is how do I wire up Jackrabbit to work in this
> From what I see (and I can be completely looking in the wrong spot),
> Jackrabbit uses XASessionImpl to appear as a XAResource, and I see in
> XATest how the Jackrabbit UserTransactionImpl is used to get a
> Jackrabbit specific UserTransaction, but I already have my own
> UserTransaction (well BEA's).
> Am I missing something obvious?  I just don't see how I can get
> Jackrabbit to play in my UserTransaction world....
> Thanks for the help,
> Kevin

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