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From "Michael Dick (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (OPENJPA-670) Discriminator column is missing from table when inheritance is used without annotation
Date Wed, 30 Jul 2008 23:12:31 GMT


Michael Dick updated OPENJPA-670:

    Fix Version/s: 1.3.0

> Discriminator column is missing from table when inheritance is used without annotation
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OPENJPA-670
>                 URL:
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: jdbc
>    Affects Versions: 1.2.0, 1.3.0
>            Reporter: Jeremy Bauer
>             Fix For: 1.2.0, 1.3.0
>         Attachments: openjpa-670.patch
> According to the EJB 3.0 JPA spec (pp. 191, section 9.1.29):
> "If the Inheritance annotation is not specified or if no inheritance type is specified
for an entity class
> hierarchy, the SINGLE_TABLE mapping strategy is used."
> I've found that if an entity inheritance hierarchy is specified without an explicit DiscriminatorColumn
or Inheritance annotation, a single table will be used for mapping, but there will be no discriminator
column in the table.  
> pp. 191 - 192, section 9.1.30 of the spec reads:
> "For the SINGLE_TABLE mapping strategy, and typically also for the JOINED strategy, the
> provider will use a type discriminator column."
> and
> "If the DiscriminatorColumn annotation is missing, and a discriminator column is required,
> name of the discriminator column defaults to "DTYPE" and the discriminator type to STRING."
> Without a discriminator column a scenario such as:
> entity B extends entity A
> entity C extends entity A
> "select c from C"  will return entities of type A, B, and C (which is a data integrity
issue) because there is no way to distinguish between the entity types.
> The simple workaround is to specify an @Inheritance or @DiscriminatorColumn annotation
on the root class, but OpenJPA should exhibit default behavior defined by the spec when these
annotations are not specified.
> I have a patch and jUnits in the works and will post them shortly.

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