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GESCONSULTOR - Óscar BouApr 29, 2014 12:49 pm 
Dan HaywoodApr 29, 2014 1:04 pm 
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Dan HaywoodApr 29, 2014 2:13 pm 
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Dan HaywoodMay 1, 2014 4:10 am 
Subject:Re: java.lang.NullPointerException at org.datanucleus.ExecutionContextImpl.performManagedRelationships(
From:GESCONSULTOR - Óscar Bou (
Date:May 1, 2014 1:21:28 am
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Just for others with the same problem.

Seems there's a bug somewhere in DN, but there's an easy workaround.

The situation generating the NPE was the following:

Domain Entity:

@PersistenceCapable @Inheritance(strategy = InheritanceStrategy.NEW_TABLE) public class InformationSystem extends ApplicationComponent {

// {{ ParentSystem (property) private InformationSystem parentSystem;

@MemberOrder(sequence = "100") @Column(allowsNull = "true") public InformationSystem getParentSystem() { return this.parentSystem; }

public void setParentSystem(final InformationSystem partOfInformationSystem)
{ this.parentSystem = partOfInformationSystem; }

// }}

// {{ SubSystems (Collection) @Persistent(mappedBy = "parentSystem", dependentElement = "false") private SortedSet<InformationSystem> subSystems = new

@MemberOrder(sequence = "500") public SortedSet<InformationSystem> getSubSystems() { return this.subSystems; }

public void setSubSystems(final SortedSet<InformationSystem> subSystems) { this.subSystems = subSystems; }

// }}



Obviously, the exception is thrown because we are using managed relationships,
so DN tries to keep synched both sides.

That's relevant, because in this case we were trying to set the relationship as


When executed, the previous line was causing the NPE on DataNucleus.

If, instead, we update the bidir relationship with:


It runs smoothly.

As it was inside a Fixture, and we weren't wrapping the call, as in (an "idiom"
we have adopted in all our domain code, unless properties/actions are hidden or


The exception was thrown when persisting another entity, which in our case, also
executes a this.getContainer().flush(), as any action executed inside a

So, summarizing, when having a bidirectional 1-n relationship that must be
automatically managed by DataNucleus, it's preferred to "add" to the parent's
child collection, than set the parent on the child.



El 29/04/2014, a las 23:13, Dan Haywood <> escribió:

On 29 April 2014 21:34, GESCONSULTOR - Óscar Bou <>wrote:

Yes... relMgr is what I find to be null...

I noticed it sometimes worked, sometimes not... I thought about a limit in nested transactions or something similar... But I didn't noticed it was a ConcurrentMap.

The only option seems the one you pointed. The Map has been cleared and not initialized on:

if (getManageRelations() && managedRelationDetails != null) { managedRelationDetails.clear(); }

I think it's probably worth asking on the DN forum (Andy Jefferson). Say you work with me. He'll probably ask for a test case, but I guess you could explain that's intermittent and possibly a threading issue.

Also, do note that we're not on the latest version of DN; very outside change that it's a bug that's been recently fixed.

While trying as a workaround to "hide" the exception in a try - catch block, as in:

// Send pending changes to the database. try { this.getContainer().flush(); } catch (final NullPointerException e) { // Do nothing... Seems there's a bug in DN when updating Managed // Relationships. // It only occurs sometimes (it's lacy loaded; it's a multi-threaded // ConcurrentMap. System.err.print(String.format("XMS - FLUSING ERROR !!!: %s", e.getStackTrace().toString())); }

Then the Isis transaction was not in the correct state:

Caused by: java.lang.IllegalStateException: state is: MUST_ABORT at org.apache.isis.core.commons.ensure.Ensure.ensureThatState( at org.apache.isis.core.runtime.system.transaction.IsisTransaction.flush(

at org.apache.isis.core.runtime.system.transaction.IsisTransactionManager.flushTransaction( at org.apache.isis.core.runtime.persistence.internal.RuntimeContextFromSession$7.flush( at

Not sure how to deal with it ...

Not sure I recommend this, but if you want to hack it, you could register a custom implementation of DomainObjectContainer that resets the IsisTransaction back to a good state (setState to IN_PROGRESS and setAbortCause to null.


change as required...

As I say, rather hacky, not sure it's to be recommended.

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