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I have a situation in which I need to re-attach detached objects to a hibernate session, although an object of the same identity MAY already exist in the session, which will cause errors.

Right now, I can do one of two things.

  1. getHibernateTemplate().update( obj ) This works if and only if an object doesn't already exist in the hibernate session. Exceptions are thrown stating an object with the given identifier already exists in the session when I need it later.
  2. getHibernateTemplate().merge( obj ) This works if and only if an object exists in the hibernate session. Exceptions are thrown when I need the object to be in a session later if I use this.

Given these two scenarios, how can I generically attach sessions to objects? I don't want to use exceptions to control the flow of this problem's solution, as there must be a more elegant solution...

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o it seems that there is no way to reattach a stale detached entity in JPA.

merge() will push the stale state to the DB, and overwrite any intervening updates.

refresh() cannot be called on a detached entity.

lock() cannot be called on a detached entity, and even if it could, and it did reattach the entity, calling 'lock' with argument 'LockMode.NONE' implying that you are locking, but not locking, is the most counterintuitive piece of API design I've ever seen.

So you are stuck. There's an detach() method, but no attach() or reattach(). An obvious step in the object lifecycle is not available to you.

Judging by the number of similar questions about JPA, it seems that even if JPA does claim to have a coherent model, it most certainly does not match the mental model of most programmers, who have been cursed to waste many hours trying understand how to get JPA to do the simplest things, and end up with cache management code all over their applications.

It seems the only way to do it is discard your stale detached entity and do a find query with the same id, that will hit the L2 or the DB.

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