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From Jim Talbut <>
Subject Re: Audit log with OpenJPA
Date Tue, 12 Jul 2011 06:41:39 GMT
On 07/07/2011 12:05, Bengt Rodehav wrote:
> I'm using OpenJPA for persistence and would like to audit log any changes
> made to my entities. I serialize the objects to JSON (with Gson) and store
> them in a separate table in the database. Since the audit log needs to have
> the correct id's, the audit logging must take place after the entity has
> been persisted.
> I was hoping I could use the @PostPersist and @PostUpdate life cycle
> callbacks for this.
A bit late to the party, but this is what I've got working:

Change the entity ID column so it's not allocated by the database, then 
it becomes valid from the time the entity is persisted, rather than the 
time it's flushed.
By using a table type sequence generator the disadvantages relative to a 
database generated ID are few (and IME are only seen if you are abusing 
the IDs :) )

I only carry out an audit in @PreUpdate, because all I track is changes 
and there aren't any changes for a new record - so actually the ID 
generation should be irrelevant.
But by working in PreUpdate I've found that I am able to work with the 
entity manager and create new entities for the audit.

The entity being audited has a OneToMany join to the audit entries, so I 
don't have to call persist on the audit log object, I just add it to the 
collection in the entity being audited.


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