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From "Michael Dick (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (OPENJPA-34) Problem detecting parent's access type with runtime enhancement.
Date Fri, 25 Aug 2006 15:59:22 GMT
Problem detecting parent's access type with runtime enhancement. 

                 Key: OPENJPA-34
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Michael Dick
            Priority: Minor

I have a small hierarchy of entities specified in an xml descriptor (orm.xml), Employee, PartTimeEmployee
and FullTimeEmployee. PartTimeEmployee and FullTimeEmployee extend Employee which is a MappedSuperclass.

If I don't explicitly set the access type for either PartTimeEmployee or FullTimeEmployee
in orm.xml and I use the static enhancer (org.apache.openjpa.enhance.PCEnhancer) everything
works fine.  If I use runtime enhancement I get a warning like this : 

184  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Found 3 classes with metadata in 7 milliseconds.
88  INFO   [main] openjpa.Runtime - Starting OpenJPA 0.0.0
180  INFO   [main] openjpa.jdbc.JDBC - Using dictionary class "org.apache.openjpa.jdbc.sql.DerbyDictionary".
277  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Found 4 classes with metadata in 1 milliseconds.
985  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing resource "file:/home/mikedd/workspaces/openjpa/mdd/target/classes/META-INF/orm.xml".
1307  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.Employee".
1356  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.Employee".
1356  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing package "mdd.entities.descriptor.Employee".
1385  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.PartTimeEmployee".
1385  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.PartTimeEmployee".
1389  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.FullTimeEmployee".
1390  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.FullTimeEmployee".
1394  INFO   [main] openjpa.MetaData - Parsing class "mdd.entities.descriptor.AbstractPersonnel".
1422  WARN   [main] openjpa.Enhance - An exception was thrown while attempting to perform
class file transformation on "mdd/entities/descriptor/FullTimeEmployee":
<4|false|0.0.0> org.apache.openjpa.util.UserException: Detected the following possible
violations of the restrictions placed on property access persistent types:
The member for for persistent property "mdd.entities.descriptor.FullTimeEmployee.salary" was
not a method: "private float mdd.entities.descriptor.FullTimeEmployee.salary".
	at org.apache.openjpa.enhance.PCEnhancer.processViolations(
	at org.apache.openjpa.enhance.PCClassFileTransformer.transform(
	at sun.instrument.TransformerManager.transform(
	at sun.instrument.InstrumentationImpl.transform(
	at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClassImpl(Native Method)

>From what I can tell after running the debugger the error occurs because the runtime enhancer
isn't able to find the parent's metadata (and from that the access type). 

I don't think the spec is very clear in this regard. Access isn't a required attribute for
entities, but the spec doesn't indicate what should happen if it isn't present (or if it does
I didn't find it). 

I don't know whether this is a limitation of runtime enhancement (again I didn't see it documented
anywhere, but maybe I didn't look hard enough). There are also plenty of solutions, specifying
a default access type in orm.xml, or just adding access="PROPERTY" to the entity will work.

If it's not an architectural limitation though, I think we should try to get runtime enhancement
to work in the same manner as static enhancement. 

In case it helps here's my javaagent setting : 

I've attached the source that I've used to produce the problem, include the eclipse .project
and .classpath files (you'll probably have to update these). There's also a pom.xml which
can be used to compile or at least set up the classpath in eclipse. I don't know how to toggle
between runtime and static enhancement with maven so I haven't used it to run the tests. 

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