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From "Kevin Sutter (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (OPENJPA-119) EntityManager.clear() should not implicitly invoke the flush operation
Date Wed, 31 Jan 2007 23:59:05 GMT
EntityManager.clear() should not implicitly invoke the flush operation

                 Key: OPENJPA-119
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: jpa
            Reporter: Kevin Sutter
         Assigned To: Kevin Sutter

>From the dev mailing list...

We've noticed that when EntityManager.clear() is invoked, an implicit flush() is performed.
 Although the spec is cloudy in this area, I don't think this processing is correct.  The
javadoc is as follows for clear():

* Clear the persistence context, causing all managed
* entities to become detached. Changes made to entities that
* have not been flushed to the database will not be
* persisted.
public void clear();

This indicates that Entities that have not been flushed will not be persisted.  Thus, I would
say this implies that we should not be doing an implicit flush.  If the application wanted
their Entities to be flushed before the clear, then they can call the flush() method before
calling clear().  We shouldn't be doing this for them because then they have no choice.

The Pro EJB3 Java Persistence API book has similar wording on pages 138-139:

"..In many respects [clear] is semantically equivalent to a transaction rollback.  All entity
instances managed by the persistence context become detached with their state left exactly
as it was when the clear() operation was invoked..."

Our current processing for clear() eventually gets to this code:

    public void detachAll(OpCallbacks call) {
        try {
            if ((_flags & FLAG_FLUSH_REQUIRED) != 0)
        } catch (OpenJPAException ke) {
            throw ke;
        } catch (RuntimeException re) {
            throw new GeneralException(re);
        } finally {

Basically, if we have dirtied the Persistence Context, then do a flush() followed by the detachAllInternal().
 I don't think the clear() should be doing this flush() operation.  Any disagreement? 

There was no disagreement, thus this JIRA issue.

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