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From "Rick Curtis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (OPENJPA-1804) NPE in line 1514
Date Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:20:34 GMT


Rick Curtis commented on OPENJPA-1804:

Willis -

> It would have been helpful if OpenJPA had reported why it was looking for metadata for
Object.  Like "No metadata was found for type 'class java.lang.Object' referenced from Organization.hostNames."
 Also, it might be worth handling missing metadata for Object specially;  it's more likely
that OpenJPA has encountered a raw collection type than that the developer really wants Object
to be persistent but has neglected to provide the metadata.

Just to be clear, this problem only happens when openjpa.RuntimeUnenhancedClasses=supported
is set?

> About the runtime enhancer, why even have it if it's half-baked? 

Great question. This feature was added, turned on as the default, but never fully completed.
I think the intent was that if enough people were testing it(a la enabled by default), we'd
get all of the problems fixed and it would be nice for out of the box usage. Unfortunately
this hasn't been high enough priority for anyone to really tackle.... In the 2.0.x release
we disabled this feature by default because of the numerous issues we've uncovered. 

Perhaps we need to have a stronger warning message when this feature is enabled? ... or disable
it all together?


> NPE in line 1514
> ---------------------------------
>                 Key: OPENJPA-1804
>                 URL:
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Enhance
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.1
>            Reporter: Willis Blackburn
> I am encountering a NPE at line 1514.  I'm sorry I don't have time to
prepare a test case right now.  I'm not even 100% sure what is causing the problem, but it
seems to be something like this:
> I have classes Organization, Group, User, and AddressBook.
> Group has a reference (many-to-one) to Organization.
> I'm using field-level access and the Java 6 runtime enhancer.  (NOT the build-time enhancer
or the agent.)
> In ManagedClassSubclasser.prepareUnenhancedClasses, the code receives a list of Class
objects--the ones in persistence.xml.  They are not in the same order as they are in persistence.xml,
but I don't know if that's important.  The first one is Group.  During the processing of Group,
the code invokes ClassMapping.setTable to set the table name, which is "group_table."  This
comes from the @Table annotation of Group.  So far, so good.  Then the code does some additional
processing on the relationship mappings of Group, which include the reference to Organization.
 During the processing of that relationship, the code calls MappingInfo.mergeJoinColumn. 
On line 1367, the method calls rel.getTable.  The "rel" variable points to the ClassMapping
for Organization.  Remember that prepareUnenhancedClasses hasn't gotten to Organization yet--it's
still working on Group--and so I assume that this Organization mapping was created on-demand.
 However, rel.getTable returns null.  The Organization class has a @Table attribute, and I
can see that the table name has been loaded in the ClassMappingInfo instance attached to the
ClassMapping for Organization, however the table name has not yet been copied from ClassMappingInfo
to ClassMapping.  Later, the mergeJoinColumn method attempts to dereference the null table
name and generates the NPE.
> Bottom line:  When using the Java 6, runtime enhancer, if class A has a reference to
class B, and both classes have @Table annotations (at least), and class A is processed first,
then it produces a NPE.

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