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From "Rick Curtis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (OPENJPA-1896) OpenJPA cannot store POJOs if a corresponding record already exists
Date Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:23:00 GMT


Rick Curtis updated OPENJPA-1896:

    Attachment: openjpa-1896.jar

Cefn -

Please try to merge this patch on top of your current openjpa jar. Please let me know if this
fixes your problem... I'm not very excited about this approach, but I'll think about it while
you try it out.


> OpenJPA cannot store POJOs if a corresponding record already exists
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OPENJPA-1896
>                 URL:
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.1
>         Environment: Eclipse, Sun Java 1.6, Ubuntu Lucid, Guice JPAPersistModule, build-time
>            Reporter: Cefn Hoile
>            Assignee: Rick Curtis
>         Attachments: openjpa-1896.jar
> If a POJO is created using a java constructor, merge() cannot store the newly constructed
object's data if this means updating a pre-existing record with a matching identity.
> This is a major bug since it means applications where the objects have a natural key
cannot use OpenJPA. In my case the example was a filesystem; each crawl of the filesystem
generates its own data objects with file path as the natural key. These objects then need
to be stored into the database. Previous crawls may have encountered the same files, and the
merge operation should cause the latest data from the POJO to be stored in the pre-existing
> Instead, any attempt to execute either merge() or persist() on an independently constructed
object with a matching record identity in the database triggers the same error in the database
layer, since OpenJPA attempts to execute an insert for a pre-existing primary key, throwing...
> org.apache.openjpa.lib.jdbc.ReportingSQLException: ERROR: duplicate key value violates
unique constraint "file_pkey" {prepstmnt 32879825 INSERT INTO file (locationString, location,
version, folder) VALUES (?, ?, ?, ?)  [params=?, ?, ?, ?]} [code=0, state=23505]
> From discussion with Rick Curtis on the list, this is because
the version field on a POJO which is unmanaged is not yet set. 
> An ASSUMPTION seems to be made that no such record exists in the database already since
it wasn't loaded from the database in the first place, so a persist is attempted. Instead,
I recommend the database is QUERIED TO FIND OUT if such a record already exists, and the version
field is set correspondingly before attempting the merge() 
> Here is the corresponding thread containing Ricks comments and links to an example in
Github which can recreate the problem.

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