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From "Vermeulen (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (OPENJPA-1966) Entity graphs containing bi-directional references may not merge correctly if an entity does not contain a state manager
Date Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:47:50 GMT


Vermeulen commented on OPENJPA-1966:

We are experiencing exactly this problem with all our cascading relations of the form A <-
OneToMany -> B. We prefer using detached entities without a state manager because we have
a client-server system where the client may insert/update entities through the server.
What we get on merging A is A' -> B'_i, with B'_i -> A. 
An easy workaround for us is to manually set the reference from each B'_i  to A' after detaching.
However it would be very nice if this bug is fixed because this is easy to forget when working
with a new entity.
> Entity graphs containing bi-directional references may not merge correctly if an entity
does not contain a state manager
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: OPENJPA-1966
>                 URL:
>             Project: OpenJPA
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: kernel
>    Affects Versions: 1.0.4, 1.2.2, 2.0.1, 2.1.0
>            Reporter: Jeremy Bauer
>            Assignee: Jeremy Bauer
>         Attachments: OPENJPA-1966.patch, OPENJPA-1966.patch
> An entity graph (with cascade) containing bi-directional relationships or circular references
may fail to merge properly if one or more of the entities in the graph do not have a state
manager - either an active or detached state manager.  The result is that one or more of the
merged entities may end up with a reference to a detached object.  This may not be immediately
evident and could cause problems in subsequent operations. It can even affect the ordering
of SQL statements since foreign keys may not be properly associated with the detached entities.
> For example:  A <- OneToOne -> B
> em.clear()
> Detached graph:  B <--> A
> A: Is detached, has DetachedStateManager
> B: Is detached, No state manager, only detached state field.  (ie. @DetachedState Object
> Merge: B
> After merge:  B' --> A' --> B (detached)
> If B contains a state manager the result of the merge is correct: B' <--> A'
> The source of the problem is that the "no state manager" attachment path creates a new
PC + state manager and assigns this state manager to the detached instance so that it can
be used to attach all its fields.  During a cascade, this detached entity (with borrowed state
manager) looks persistent, so it can get attached into the resulting merge graph.

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