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From "Dianne Richards (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (OPENJPA-885) Support clear methods on EntityManager, including new CascadeType.CLEAR
Date Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:59:50 GMT


Dianne Richards updated OPENJPA-885:

    Attachment: DetachStateCascadeTestPatch.txt

For the DetachState options, I think there needs to be a spec clarification in section 3.2.6
(Evicting an Entity Instance from the Persistence Context) regarding what to do about cascading
and unloaded fields and associations. After several of us have looked at the spec, we feel
that section 3.2.7 (Detached Entities) implies that we should not load unloaded fields during
detach(). We will be asking for spec clarification on this. In the meantime, we're proceeding
with our assumption.

Thanks to Pinaki for the following illustration of this assumption:

Consider an entity y that is reachable from x, the root detached entity. What happens to y
when we call detach(x)? 
Two determining factors : 
   is y loaded? 
   is y reachable via DEATCH cascade?

Let us call {D(x)} is the set of entities that are reachable from x after detach(x) call.
That is to say if I now serialize x and take that serialized object x' to another remote tier
the paths I can access from serialized x' is designated by {D(x)}.

And here are the choices for y.  
  Loaded?	   DEATCH cascade?        Effect of detach(x) on y
1. yes            yes              -- y is in {D(x)} and y is removed from persistence context
2. yes            no               -- y is in {D(x)} but y is not removed from the persistence
context (i.e. this is the impact of DEATCH cascade and OpenJPA did not have that feature)
3. no             yes              -- y is not in {D(x)} and y was never in persistence context
(i.e. detach does not load additional state even when DEATCH cascade is specified)
4. no             no               -- same as (3) above

Now, to address the DetachState options. During the DetachManager preDetach() method, the
appropriate fields/associations are loaded based on the DetachState option. Then, the detach
processing occurs for those  for the loaded associations where the DETACH cascade is specified.
The attached patch, DetacheStateCascadeTestPatch.txt, tests these options and their relationship
to the table above.

> Support clear methods on EntityManager, including new CascadeType.CLEAR 
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OPENJPA-885
>                 URL:
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Sub-task
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0
>            Reporter: Dianne Richards
>            Assignee: Dianne Richards
>             Fix For: 2.0.0
>         Attachments: cascadeTestPatch.txt, CompatibilityProblemPatch.txt, detachCodePatch.txt,
DetachStateCascadeTestPatch.txt, detachTestPatch.txt, patch.txt
> Support the 2.0 new  EntityManager clear() methods. Also support the new CascadeType.CLEAR.

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