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From Charles Brooking <public+jackrab...@charlie.brooking.id.au>
Subject Re: Re-register Custom Node Types Without Destroying Repository?
Date Tue, 15 Sep 2009 13:36:52 GMT
Gadbury wrote:
>  If I make a change to my CND file, is there a way to update the
>  registered node types without deleting and rebuilding the entire
>  repository?  I have added a new property to a node type defined in my
>  CND file but I have useful data within the repository that I do not
>  wish to lose.  Usually I drop my database schemas, remove my
>  repository and workspaces directories from my repository home
>  directory, and have jackrabbit rebuild and re-register everything
>  from my repository.xml and customNodeTypeDefinition.cnd files.

 From http://markmail.org/message/d7iujo5nuxfcnrrr:

NodeTypeManagerImpl manager = (NodeTypeManagerImpl)
    session.getWorkspace().getNodeTypeManager();
NodeType[] nodeTypes = manager.registerNodeTypes(
    in, // input stream for new CND file
    NodeTypeManagerImpl.TEXT_X_JCR_CND,
    true // reregister existing node types
);

But unless you make very simple changes, like adding an optional 
property type, you'll also need to write "migration" code. For example, 
to add a mandatory property type, first add it as optional then create 
properties in nodes having the relevant node type before replacing the 
property type with its mandatory form. Similarly, to remove a mandatory 
node/property type you have to first make it optional then delete data 
then remove the node/property type.

You will also need to apply the patch below. Support for migrating node 
types is currently limited in Jackrabbit to "trivial" changes. If you 
apply this patch and reregister node types you risk losing data 
integrity so take backups and write migrations carefully. Hopefully 
there'll be support for Rails-like migrations in the future; this is 
something I may attempt but haven't had the time yet.

Later
Charlie

Index: 
jackrabbit-core/src/main/java/org/apache/jackrabbit/core/nodetype/NodeTypeRegistry.java
===================================================================
--- 
jackrabbit-core/src/main/java/org/apache/jackrabbit/core/nodetype/NodeTypeRegistry.java  
 
(revision 783800)
+++ 
jackrabbit-core/src/main/java/org/apache/jackrabbit/core/nodetype/NodeTypeRegistry.java  
 
(working copy)
@@ -402,7 +402,7 @@
             // the definition has not been modified, there's nothing to 
do here...
             return getEffectiveNodeType(name);
         }
-        if (diff.isTrivial()) {
+        //if (diff.isTrivial()) {
             /**
              * the change is trivial and has no effect on current content
              * (e.g. that would be the case when non-mandatory 
properties had
@@ -429,15 +429,15 @@
             // notify listeners
             notifyReRegistered(name);
             return entNew;
-        }
+        //}
 
-        String message =
-            "The following nodetype change contains non-trivial changes."
-            + "Up until now only trivial changes are supported."
-            + " (see javadoc for "
-            + NodeTypeDefDiff.class.getName()
-            + "):\n" + diff.toString();
-        throw new RepositoryException(message);
+        //String message =
+        //    "The following nodetype change contains non-trivial changes."
+        //    + "Up until now only trivial changes are supported."
+        //    + " (see javadoc for "
+        //    + NodeTypeDefDiff.class.getName()
+        //    + "):\n" + diff.toString();
+        //throw new RepositoryException(message);
 
         // TODO Implement checkForConflictingContent()
         // make sure existing content would not conflict


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