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From "Michael Vorburger (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (OPENJPA-1397) NULL in columns part of an @IdClass composite key leads to "disappearing" (null) returned objects
Date Thu, 19 Nov 2009 13:44:39 GMT
NULL in columns part of an @IdClass composite key leads to "disappearing" (null) returned objects

                 Key: OPENJPA-1397
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: jdbc, kernel
    Affects Versions: 2.0.0-M3, 1.2.1
            Reporter: Michael Vorburger

As discussed on,
there is a bug in OpenJPA iff ... "any @Id field of a composite key mapped via an @IdClass
identity is NULL" (enough keywords to allow future searching? ;).

The attached test case provides running code illustrating this with two simple entities and
a failing JUnit.

While relational database do NOT appear to allow NULL value for columns which are part of
a PRIMARY KEY CONSTRAINT, this kind of situation and mapping can (and in our case has!) occurred
when mapping to legacy schemas with tables where a certain number / subset of columns are
in fact the "logical" identifying set, without there being a physical PK constraint (nothing
says you HAVE to have a physical PK). -- Both JPA Spec and OpenJPA doc make no statement if
this is supposed to work or not work, they say nothing about this (as far as I could see;
I checked before filing this; and nobody on the list made any statements re. this). It would
be interesting to know if and how other JPA implementations handle this.

Assuming this is a small internal implementation bug and not a conceptual / design issue (note
it's NOT the @IdClass instance that is null, it's only some fields within an Id, with others
being available; and uniqueness of the combination guaranteed by data in DB of course!), it
would be great if this could be make to work as one would naturally expect. (Or, at the very
least, OpenJPA should fail and issue a clear error message, instead of just returning null;
fix much better though.)

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