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jpa removing child from collection

user1262 Published in June 20, 2018, 7:44 am

I'm using JPA over Hibernate in my web-app. Here are two entities (only getters are shown):

class Child {

  private Parent parent;

  @JoinColumn(name="parent_id", referencedColumnName="parent_id", nullable=false, updatable=false)
  public Parent getParent() {
    return parent;

class Parent {

  private Collection children;

  @OneToMany(fetch=FetchType.EAGER, mappedBy="parent", cascade={CascadeType.ALL})
  public Collection getChildren() {
    return children;

As you see Parent and Child relate as "one-to-many".

Now I need to load a Parent instance, remove some or all children and save the changes. Below is code which does not work for me:

Parent p = entityManager.find(Parent.class, 12345L); // load entity
p.getChildren().clear(); // remove all children
entityManager.merge(p); // try to save

Child entities are not remove in the example above. Now I have to manually call entityManager.remove() for each child.

Is there any easier way to manage child collection? Please notice that I don't want to use Hibernate-specific functionality, only pure JPA.

Regards, Andrey

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