OpenJPA
  1. OpenJPA
  2. OPENJPA-1936

A database 'FOREIGN KEY' constraint is not detected by default

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    • Type: Improvement Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 2.0.1
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: None
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      Description

      Take the following SQL to create two tables in a database:

      CREATE TABLE PARENT (
      "ID" INT NOT NULL,
      PRIMARY KEY ("ID")
      )

      CREATE TABLE CHILD (
      "ID" INT NOT NULL,
      "PARENT_ID" INT,
      PRIMARY KEY ("ID"),
      FOREIGN KEY ("PARENT_ID") REFERENCES "PARENT" ("ID")
      )

      Take the following two entities:

      public class Parent implements Serializable {
      @Id
      private int id;

      @OneToMany(mappedBy = "parent", cascade = CascadeType.ALL, fetch = FetchType.EAGER, orphanRemoval = true)
      private Collection<Child> childs;
      .........

      public class Child implements Serializable {
      @Id
      private int id;

      @ManyToOne
      private Parent parent;
      .........

      If a scenario is executed in which an existing Parent is removed, an existing Child(s) associated with the Parent will also be removed given the definition of the @OneToMany relationship. However, when OpenJPA executes the SQL to remove the Parent and Child, the SQL to remove the Parent will be executed first. Given the 'FOREIGN KEY' constraint on the Child table, a database will throw some kind of 'constraint violation' exception when a Parent is removed before its Child (if it were not for the 'FOREIGN KEY' constraint on the Child table, the SQL order would be fine). In this case, OpenJPA should execute the SQL to remove the Child first, then the Parent. However, by default, OpenJPA knows nothing about the 'FOREIGN KEY' constraint on the Child table and OpenJPA never assumes that there are database constraints for relationships. As a result, OpenJPA does not take them into account when executing SQL. To tell OpenJPA that there are database level constraints, and thus to effect the order of the SQL in this case, a user can perform one of the following options:

      1) Use the @ForeignKey annotation (org.apache.openjpa.persistence.jdbc.ForeignKey) in entities (on the ToOne fields).

      2) Have OpenJPA read in the table definitions from the database by adding the following property:
      <property name="openjpa.jdbc.SchemaFactory" value="native(ForeignKeys=true)"/>

      While either of these two options will properly handle the above scenario, it can be argued that OpenJPA should detect the 'FOREIGN KEY' constraint, and not require a user to add an annotation to their code or set a property. This JIRA will be used to investigate possible solutions to change the way the constraints are detected.

      Thanks,

      Heath

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          • Assignee:
            Heath Thomann
            Reporter:
            Heath Thomann
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