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From "Karl PIhlblad (Created) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (OPENJPA-2086) OracleDictionary setFixed and setFormOfUse(NCLOB) are not really doing what they should.
Date Sat, 03 Dec 2011 23:36:39 GMT
OracleDictionary  setFixed and setFormOfUse(NCLOB) are not really doing what they should.
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                 Key: OPENJPA-2086
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OPENJPA-2086
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: jdbc
    Affects Versions: 2.1.1, 2.2.0
         Environment: Oracle 9g, 10g and 11g
            Reporter: Karl PIhlblad
            Priority: Minor



The setString() method in the OracleDictionary tries to be smart and and look up the column
type, and detect and apply nchar and/or fixed char semantics.
However, I believe that the type information is normally not present for queries, and the
functions are never called.

That means that characters outside the database character set will be lost during translation,
and that comparison on CHAR (fixed length) columns will not match if 
the arguments are not padded to the column length.
 
I suggest that the special nchar handling is removed as it is not working properly. The only
"reliable" option is to set the connection property oracle.jdbc.defaultNChar=true,
as it would be neigh impossible to get this right in an automatic way.
(Actually, the sensible option is to convert the database to AL32UTF8, and not use nchars
at all since Oracles nchar handling seems to be problematic. )

Further as the fixedString handling also does not work without type information, the dictionary
could either always, or depending on a flag,  
call the setFixedChar() method, or just rely on the connection parameter "fixedString", avoiding
the complexity (and the cost of reflection calls)  altogether.





 

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