MergeManager.javaAPI DocGlassfish v2 API38192Tue May 22 16:54:44 BST 2007oracle.toplink.essentials.internal.sessions


public class MergeManager extends Object

Purpose: Used to manage the merge of two objects in a unit of work.

James Sutherland
TOPLink/Java 1.1

Fields Summary
protected AbstractSession
The unit of work merging for.
protected IdentityHashtable
Used only while refreshing objects on remote session
protected IdentityHashtable
Used to unravel recursion.
protected IdentityHashtable
Used to keep track of merged new objects.
protected ArrayList
Used to store the list of locks that this merge manager has acquired for this merge
protected CacheKey
If this variable is not null then the mergemanager is waiting on a particular cacheKey
protected oracle.toplink.essentials.internal.helper.linkedlist.LinkedNode
Stores the node that holds this mergemanager within the WriteLocksManager queue
protected int
Policy that determines merge type (i.e. merge is used for several usages).
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected static final int
protected int
Policy that determines how the merge will cascade to its object's parts.
public static final int
public static final int
public static final int
public static final int
protected long
public static boolean
protected boolean
Force cascade merge even if a clone is already registered
Constructors Summary
public MergeManager(AbstractSession session)

        this.session = session;
        this.mergedNewObjects = new IdentityHashtable();
        this.objectsAlreadyMerged = new IdentityHashtable();
        this.cascadePolicy = CASCADE_ALL_PARTS;
        this.mergePolicy = WORKING_COPY_INTO_ORIGINAL;
        this.objectDescriptors = new IdentityHashtable();
        this.acquiredLocks = new ArrayList();
Methods Summary
protected IdentityHashtablebuildIdentitySet(java.lang.Object container, oracle.toplink.essentials.internal.queryframework.ContainerPolicy containerPolicy, boolean keyByTarget)
Build and return an identity set for the specified container.

        // find next power-of-2 size
        IdentityHashtable result = new IdentityHashtable(containerPolicy.sizeFor(container) + 1);
        for (Object iter = containerPolicy.iteratorFor(container); containerPolicy.hasNext(iter);) {
            Object element =, getSession());
            if (keyByTarget) {
                result.put(getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(element), element);
            } else {
                result.put(element, element);
        return result;
public voidcascadeAllParts()
Cascade all parts, this is the default for the merge.

public voidcascadePrivateParts()
Cascade private parts, this can be used to merge clone when using RMI.

public voiddontCascadeParts()
Merge only direct parts, this can be used to merge clone when using RMI.

public java.util.ArrayListgetAcquiredLocks()

        return this.acquiredLocks;
public intgetCascadePolicy()

        return cascadePolicy;
protected intgetMergePolicy()

        return mergePolicy;
public IdentityHashtablegetObjectDescriptors()

        return objectDescriptors;
public java.lang.ObjectgetObjectToMerge(java.lang.Object sourceValue)

        if (shouldMergeOriginalIntoWorkingCopy()) {
            return getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(sourceValue);

        return sourceValue;
public IdentityHashtablegetObjectsAlreadyMerged()

        return objectsAlreadyMerged;
public oracle.toplink.essentials.internal.helper.linkedlist.LinkedNodegetQueueNode()
INTENRAL: Used to get the node that this merge manager is stored in, within the WriteLocksManager write lockers queue

        return this.queueNode;
public AbstractSessiongetSession()

        return session;
public longgetSystemTime()
Get the stored value of the current time. This method lazily initializes so that read times for the same merge manager can all be set to the same read time

        if (systemTime == 0) {
            systemTime = System.currentTimeMillis();
        return systemTime;
public java.lang.ObjectgetTargetVersionOfSourceObject(java.lang.Object source)
Return the coresponding value that should be assigned to the target object for the source object. This value must be local to the targets object space.

        if (shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal() || shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoRemote()) {
            // Target is in uow parent, or original instance for new object.
            return ((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession()).getOriginalVersionOfObject(source);
        } else if (shouldMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy() || shouldMergeOriginalIntoWorkingCopy() || shouldMergeCloneWithReferencesIntoWorkingCopy()) {
            // Target is clone from uow.
            //make sure we use the register for merge
            //bug 3584343
            return registerObjectForMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy(source);
        } else if (shouldRefreshRemoteObject()) {
            // Target is in session's cache.
            ClassDescriptor descriptor = getSession().getDescriptor(source);
            Vector primaryKey = descriptor.getObjectBuilder().extractPrimaryKeyFromObject(source, getSession());
            return getSession().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().getFromIdentityMap(primaryKey, source.getClass(), descriptor, null);

        throw ValidationException.invalidMergePolicy();
public CacheKeygetWriteLockQueued()
INTENRAL: Used to get the object that the merge manager is waiting on, in order to acquire locks

        return this.writeLockQueued;
public java.lang.ObjectmergeChanges(java.lang.Object object, ObjectChangeSet objectChangeSet)
Recursively merge changes in the object dependent on the merge policy. The hastable is used to resolv recursion.

        if (object == null) {
            return object;

        // Do not merged read-only objects in a unit of work.
        if (getSession().isClassReadOnly(object.getClass())) {
            return object;

        // Means that object is either already merged or in the process of being merged.	
        if (getObjectsAlreadyMerged().containsKey(object)) {
            return object;

        // Put the object to be merged in the set.
        getObjectsAlreadyMerged().put(object, object);

        Object mergedObject;
        if (shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal()) {
            mergedObject = mergeChangesOfWorkingCopyIntoOriginal(object, objectChangeSet);
        } else if (shouldMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy() || shouldMergeCloneWithReferencesIntoWorkingCopy()) {
            mergedObject = mergeChangesOfCloneIntoWorkingCopy(object);
        } else if (shouldMergeOriginalIntoWorkingCopy()) {
            mergedObject = mergeChangesOfOriginalIntoWorkingCopy(object);
        } else {
            throw ValidationException.invalidMergePolicy();

        return mergedObject;
public voidmergeChangesFromChangeSet(UnitOfWorkChangeSet uowChangeSet)
INTERNAL: Merge the changes to all objects to session's cache.

        // Ensure concurrency if cache isolation requires.
        getSession().log(SessionLog.FINER, SessionLog.PROPAGATION, "received_updates_from_remote_server");

        try {
            // Iterate over each clone and let the object build merge to clones into the originals.
            getSession().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().getWriteLockManager().acquireRequiredLocks(this, uowChangeSet);
            Enumeration objectChangeEnum = uowChangeSet.getAllChangeSets().keys();
            while (objectChangeEnum.hasMoreElements()) {
                ObjectChangeSet objectChangeSet = (ObjectChangeSet)objectChangeEnum.nextElement();
                Object object = objectChangeSet.getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(getSession(), false);

                // Don't read the object here.  If it is null then we won't merge it at this stage, unless it
                // is being referenced which will force the load later
                Object mergedObject = this.mergeChanges(object, objectChangeSet);

                // if mergedObject is null, it might be because objectChangeSet represents a new object and could not look it up
                // Check the descriptor setting for this change set to see if the new object should be added to the cache.
                if (mergedObject == null) {
                    if (objectChangeSet.isNew()) {
                        mergedObject = mergeNewObjectIntoCache(objectChangeSet);
                if (mergedObject == null) {
                } else {
            Enumeration deletedObjects = uowChangeSet.getDeletedObjects().elements();
            while (deletedObjects.hasMoreElements()) {
                ObjectChangeSet changeSet = (ObjectChangeSet)deletedObjects.nextElement();
        } catch (RuntimeException exception) {
        } finally {
public booleanmergeChangesInCollection(java.lang.Object source, java.lang.Object target, java.lang.Object backup, DatabaseMapping mapping)
Merge the changes from the collection of a source object into the target using the backup as the diff. Return true if any changes occurred.

        ContainerPolicy containerPolicy = mapping.getContainerPolicy();

        // The vectors must be converted to identity sets to avoid dependency on #equals().
        IdentityHashtable backupSet = buildIdentitySet(backup, containerPolicy, false);
        IdentityHashtable sourceSet = null;
        IdentityHashtable targetToSources = null;

        // We need either a source or target-to-source set, depending on the merge type.
        if (shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal()) {
            sourceSet = buildIdentitySet(source, containerPolicy, false);
        } else {
            targetToSources = buildIdentitySet(source, containerPolicy, true);

        boolean changeOccured = false;

        // If the backup is also the target, clone it; since it may change during the loop.
        if (backup == target) {
            backup = containerPolicy.cloneFor(backup);

        // Handle removed elements.
        for (Object backupIter = containerPolicy.iteratorFor(backup);
                 containerPolicy.hasNext(backupIter);) {
            Object backupElement =, getSession());

            // The check for delete depends on the type of merge.
            if (shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal()) {// Source and backup are the same space.
                if (!sourceSet.containsKey(backupElement)) {
                    changeOccured = true;
                    containerPolicy.removeFrom((Object)null, getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(backupElement), target, getSession());

                    // Registered new object in nested units of work must not be registered into the parent,
                    // so this records them in the merge to parent case.
                    if (mapping.isPrivateOwned()) {
            } else {// Target and backup are same for all types of merge.
                if (!targetToSources.containsKey(backupElement)) {// If no source for target then was removed.
                    changeOccured = true;
                    containerPolicy.removeFrom((Object)null, backupElement, target, getSession());// Backup value is same as target value.

        // Handle added elements.
        for (Object sourceIter = containerPolicy.iteratorFor(source);
                 containerPolicy.hasNext(sourceIter);) {
            Object sourceElement =, getSession());

            // The target object must be completely merged before adding to the collection
            // otherwise another thread could pick up the partial object.
            mapping.cascadeMerge(sourceElement, this);
            // The check for add depends on the type of merge.
            if (shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal()) {// Source and backup are the same space.
                if (!backupSet.containsKey(sourceElement)) {
                    changeOccured = true;
                    containerPolicy.addInto(getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(sourceElement), target, getSession());
                } else {
                    containerPolicy.validateElementAndRehashIfRequired(sourceElement, target, getSession(), getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(sourceElement));
            } else {// Target and backup are same for all types of merge.
                Object targetVersionOfSourceElement = getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(sourceElement);
                if (!backupSet.containsKey(targetVersionOfSourceElement)) {// Backup value is same as target value.
                    changeOccured = true;
                    containerPolicy.addInto(targetVersionOfSourceElement, target, getSession());

        return changeOccured;
protected java.lang.ObjectmergeChangesOfCloneIntoWorkingCopy(java.lang.Object rmiClone)
Recursively merge to rmi clone into the unit of work working copy. The hastable is used to resolv recursion.

        ClassDescriptor descriptor = getSession().getDescriptor(rmiClone);
        Object registeredObject = registerObjectForMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy(rmiClone);

        if (registeredObject == rmiClone && !shouldForceCascade()) {
            //need to find better better fix.  prevents merging into itself.
            return rmiClone;

        boolean changeTracked = false;
        try {
            ObjectBuilder builder = descriptor.getObjectBuilder();
            if (registeredObject != rmiClone && descriptor.usesVersionLocking() && ! mergedNewObjects.containsKey(registeredObject)) {
                VersionLockingPolicy policy = (VersionLockingPolicy) descriptor.getOptimisticLockingPolicy();
                if (policy.isStoredInObject()) {
                    Object currentValue = builder.extractValueFromObjectForField(registeredObject, policy.getWriteLockField(), session); 
                    if (policy.isNewerVersion(currentValue, rmiClone, session.keyFromObject(rmiClone), session)) {
                        throw OptimisticLockException.objectChangedSinceLastMerge(rmiClone);
            // Toggle change tracking during the merge.
            boolean cascadeOnly = false;
            if(registeredObject == rmiClone){
                // GF#1139 Cascade merge operations to relationship mappings even if already registered
                cascadeOnly = true;
            // Merge into the clone from the original, use clone as backup as anything different should be merged.
            builder.mergeIntoObject(registeredObject, false, rmiClone, this, cascadeOnly);
        } finally {

        return registeredObject;
protected java.lang.ObjectmergeChangesOfOriginalIntoWorkingCopy(java.lang.Object clone)
Recursively merge to original from its parent into the clone. The hastable is used to resolv recursion.

        ClassDescriptor descriptor = getSession().getDescriptor(clone);

        // Find the original object, if it is not there then do nothing.
        Object original = ((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession()).getOriginalVersionOfObjectOrNull(clone);

        if (original == null) {
            return clone;

        // Merge into the clone from the original, use clone as backup as anything different should be merged.
        descriptor.getObjectBuilder().mergeIntoObject(clone, false, original, this);

        //update the change policies with the refresh
        descriptor.getObjectChangePolicy().revertChanges(clone, descriptor, (UnitOfWorkImpl)this.getSession(), ((UnitOfWorkImpl)this.getSession()).getCloneMapping());
        Vector primaryKey = getSession().keyFromObject(clone);
        if (descriptor.usesOptimisticLocking()) {
            descriptor.getOptimisticLockingPolicy().mergeIntoParentCache((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession(), primaryKey, clone);

        CacheKey parentCacheKey = ((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession()).getParent().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().getCacheKeyForObject(primaryKey, clone.getClass(), descriptor);
        CacheKey uowCacheKey = getSession().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().getCacheKeyForObject(primaryKey, clone.getClass(), descriptor);

        // Check for null because when there is NoIdentityMap, CacheKey will be null
        if ((parentCacheKey != null) && (uowCacheKey != null)) {

        return clone;
protected java.lang.ObjectmergeChangesOfWorkingCopyIntoOriginal(java.lang.Object clone, ObjectChangeSet objectChangeSet)
Recursively merge to clone into the orignal in its parent. The hastable is used to resolv recursion.

        UnitOfWorkImpl unitOfWork = (UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession();

        // This always finds an original different from the clone, even if it has to create one.
        // This must be done after special cases have been computed because it registers unregistered new objects.
        Object original = unitOfWork.getOriginalVersionOfObjectOrNull(clone);

        ClassDescriptor descriptor = unitOfWork.getDescriptor(clone.getClass());

        // Always merge into the original.
        try {
            if (original == null) {
                // if original does not exist then we must merge the entire object
                original = unitOfWork.buildOriginal(clone);
                if (objectChangeSet == null) {
                    descriptor.getObjectBuilder().mergeIntoObject(original, true, clone, this);
                } else if (!objectChangeSet.isNew()) {
                    //once the original is created we must put it in the cache and
                    //lock it to prevent a reading thread from creating it as well
                    //there will be no deadlock situation because no other threads
                    //will be able to reference this object.
                    AbstractSession parent = unitOfWork.getParent();
                    original = parent.getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().getWriteLockManager().appendLock(objectChangeSet.getPrimaryKeys(), original, descriptor, this, parent);
                    descriptor.getObjectBuilder().mergeIntoObject(original, true, clone, this);
                } else {
                    descriptor.getObjectBuilder().mergeChangesIntoObject(original, objectChangeSet, clone, this);
            } else if (objectChangeSet == null) {
                // if we have no change set then we must merge the entire object
                descriptor.getObjectBuilder().mergeIntoObject(original, false, clone, this);
            } else {
                // not null and we have a valid changeSet then merge the changes
                if (!objectChangeSet.isNew()) {
                    AbstractSession parent = unitOfWork.getParent();
                    if(objectChangeSet.shouldInvalidateObject(original, parent)) {
                        return clone;
                descriptor.getObjectBuilder().mergeChangesIntoObject(original, objectChangeSet, clone, this);
        } catch (QueryException exception) {
            // Ignore validation errors if unit of work validation is suppressed.
            // Also there is a very specific case under EJB wrappering where
            // a related object may have never been accessed in the unit of work context
            // but is still valid, so this error must be ignored.
            if (unitOfWork.shouldPerformNoValidation() || (descriptor.hasWrapperPolicy())) {
                if ((exception.getErrorCode() != QueryException.BACKUP_CLONE_DELETED) && (exception.getErrorCode() != QueryException.BACKUP_CLONE_IS_ORIGINAL_FROM_PARENT) && (exception.getErrorCode() != QueryException.BACKUP_CLONE_IS_ORIGINAL_FROM_SELF)) {
                    throw exception;
                return clone;
            } else {
                throw exception;

        if (!unitOfWork.isNestedUnitOfWork()) {
            Vector primaryKey = descriptor.getObjectBuilder().extractPrimaryKeyFromObject(clone, unitOfWork);

            // Must ensure the get and put of the cache occur as a single operation.
            // Cache key hold a reference to a concurrency manager which is used for the lock/release operation
            CacheKey cacheKey = unitOfWork.getParent().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().acquireLock(primaryKey, original.getClass(), descriptor);
            try {
                if (descriptor.usesOptimisticLocking()) {
                    if (descriptor.getOptimisticLockingPolicy().isChildWriteLockValueGreater(unitOfWork, primaryKey, original.getClass())) {

                // Always put in the parent im for root because it must now be persistent.
                if (descriptor.getCacheInvalidationPolicy().shouldUpdateReadTimeOnUpdate() || ((objectChangeSet != null) && objectChangeSet.isNew())) {
            } finally {
        return clone;
public voidmergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy()
This can be used by the user for merging clones from RMI into the unit of work.

public voidmergeCloneWithReferencesIntoWorkingCopy()
This is used during the merge of dependent objects referencing independent objects, where you want the independent objects merged as well.

public voidmergeIntoDistributedCache()
This is used during cache synchronisation to merge the changes into the distributed cache.

public java.lang.ObjectmergeNewObjectIntoCache(ObjectChangeSet changeSet)
Merge a change set for a new object into the cache. This method will create a shell for the new object and then merge the changes from the change set into the object. The newly merged object will then be added to the cache.

        if (changeSet.isNew()) {
            Class objectClass = changeSet.getClassType(session);
            ClassDescriptor descriptor = getSession().getDescriptor(objectClass);
            //Try to find the object first we may have merged it all ready
            Object object = changeSet.getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(getSession(), false);
            if (object == null) {
                if (!getObjectsAlreadyMerged().containsKey(changeSet)) {
                    // if we haven't merged this object allready then build a new object
                    // otherwise leave it as null which will stop the recursion
                    object = descriptor.getObjectBuilder().buildNewInstance();
                    //Store the changeset to prevent us from creating this new object again
                    getObjectsAlreadyMerged().put(changeSet, object);
                } else {
                    //we have all ready created the object, must be in a cyclic
                    //merge on a new object so get it out of the allreadymerged collection
                    object = getObjectsAlreadyMerged().get(changeSet);
            } else {
                object = changeSet.getTargetVersionOfSourceObject(getSession(), true);
            mergeChanges(object, changeSet);
            Object implementation = descriptor.getObjectBuilder().unwrapObject(object, getSession());

            return getSession().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().putInIdentityMap(implementation, descriptor.getObjectBuilder().extractPrimaryKeyFromObject(implementation, getSession()), changeSet.getWriteLockValue(), getSystemTime(), descriptor);
        return null;
public voidmergeOriginalIntoWorkingCopy()
This is used to revert changes to objects, or during refreshes.

public voidmergeWorkingCopyIntoBackup()
This is used during the unit of work commit to merge changes into the parent.

public voidmergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal()
This is used during the unit of work commit to merge changes into the parent.

public voidmergeWorkingCopyIntoRemote()
This is used during the unit of work commit to merge changes into the parent.

public voidrefreshRemoteObject()
INTERNAL: This is used to refresh remote session object

protected java.lang.ObjectregisterObjectForMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy(java.lang.Object clone)
INTERNAL: When merging froma clone when the cache cannot be gaurenteed the object must be first read if it is existing and not in the cache. Otherwise no changes will be detected as the original state is missing.

        ClassDescriptor descriptor = getSession().getDescriptor(clone.getClass());
        Vector primaryKey = descriptor.getObjectBuilder().extractPrimaryKeyFromObject(clone, getSession());

        //Must use the java class as this may be a bean that we are merging and it may not have the same class as the
        // objects in the cache.  As of EJB 2.0
        Object objectFromCache = getSession().getIdentityMapAccessorInstance().getFromIdentityMap(primaryKey, descriptor.getJavaClass(), descriptor, null);
        if (objectFromCache != null) {
            return objectFromCache;

        oracle.toplink.essentials.queryframework.DoesExistQuery existQuery = descriptor.getQueryManager().getDoesExistQuery();

        // Optimize cache option to avoid executing the does exist query.
        if (existQuery.shouldCheckCacheForDoesExist()) {
            return ((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession()).internalRegisterObject(clone, descriptor);

        // Check early return to check if it is a new object, i.e. null primary key.
        Boolean doesExist = (Boolean)existQuery.checkEarlyReturn(clone, primaryKey, getSession(), null);
        if (doesExist == Boolean.FALSE) {
            Object registeredObject = ((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession()).internalRegisterObject(clone, descriptor);
            mergedNewObjects.put(registeredObject, registeredObject);
            return registeredObject;

        // Otherwise it is existing and not in the cache so it must be read.
        Object object = getSession().readObject(clone);
        if (object == null) {
            return ((UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession()).internalRegisterObject(clone, descriptor);
        } else {
            return object;
public voidregisterRemovedNewObjectIfRequired(java.lang.Object removedObject)
Determine if the object is a registered new object, and that this is a nested unit of work merge into the parent. In this case private mappings will register the object as being removed.

        if (getSession().isUnitOfWork()) {
            UnitOfWorkImpl unitOfWork = (UnitOfWorkImpl)getSession();

            if (shouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal() && unitOfWork.getParent().isUnitOfWork() && unitOfWork.isCloneNewObject(removedObject)) {
                Object originalVersionOfRemovedObject = unitOfWork.getOriginalVersionOfObject(removedObject);
public voidsetCascadePolicy(int cascadePolicy)

        this.cascadePolicy = cascadePolicy;
public voidsetForceCascade(boolean forceCascade)

        this.forceCascade = forceCascade;
protected voidsetMergePolicy(int mergePolicy)

        this.mergePolicy = mergePolicy;
public voidsetObjectDescriptors(IdentityHashtable objectDescriptors)

        this.objectDescriptors = objectDescriptors;
protected voidsetObjectsAlreadyMerged(IdentityHashtable objectsAlreadyMerged)

        this.objectsAlreadyMerged = objectsAlreadyMerged;
public voidsetQueueNode(oracle.toplink.essentials.internal.helper.linkedlist.LinkedNode node)
INTENRAL: Used to set the node that this merge manager is stored in, within the WriteLocksManager write lockers queue

        this.queueNode = node;
protected voidsetSession(AbstractSession session)

        this.session = session;
public voidsetWriteLockQueued(CacheKey writeLockQueued)
INTENRAL: Used to set the object that the merge manager is waiting on, in order to acquire locks If this value is null then the merge manager is not waiting on any locks.

        this.writeLockQueued = writeLockQueued;
public booleanshouldCascadeAllParts()
Flag used to determine if all parts should be cascaded

        return getCascadePolicy() == CASCADE_ALL_PARTS;
public booleanshouldCascadeByMapping()
Flag used to determine that the mappings should be checked for cascade requirements.

        return getCascadePolicy() == CASCADE_BY_MAPPING;
public booleanshouldCascadeParts()
Flag used to determine if any parts should be cascaded

        return getCascadePolicy() != NO_CASCADE;
public booleanshouldCascadePrivateParts()
Flag used to determine if any private parts should be cascaded

        return (getCascadePolicy() == CASCADE_PRIVATE_PARTS) || (getCascadePolicy() == CASCADE_ALL_PARTS);
public booleanshouldCascadeReferences()
Refreshes are based on the objects row, so all attributes of the object must be refreshed. However merging from RMI, normally reference are made transient, so should not be merge unless specified.

        return !shouldMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy();
public booleanshouldForceCascade()
This is used to cascade merge even if a clone is already registered.

        return forceCascade;
public booleanshouldMergeChangesIntoDistributedCache()
INTERNAL: This happens when changes from an UnitOfWork is propagated to a distributed class.

        return getMergePolicy() == CHANGES_INTO_DISTRIBUTED_CACHE;
public booleanshouldMergeCloneIntoWorkingCopy()
This can be used by the user for merging clones from RMI into the unit of work.

        return getMergePolicy() == CLONE_INTO_WORKING_COPY;
public booleanshouldMergeCloneWithReferencesIntoWorkingCopy()
This can be used by the user for merging remote EJB objects into the unit of work.

        return getMergePolicy() == CLONE_WITH_REFS_INTO_WORKING_COPY;
public booleanshouldMergeOriginalIntoWorkingCopy()
This is used to revert changes to objects, or during refreshes.

        return getMergePolicy() == ORIGINAL_INTO_WORKING_COPY;
public booleanshouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoBackup()
This is used during the unit of work commit to merge changes into the parent.

        return getMergePolicy() == WORKING_COPY_INTO_BACKUP;
public booleanshouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoOriginal()
This is used during the unit of work commit to merge changes into the parent.

        return getMergePolicy() == WORKING_COPY_INTO_ORIGINAL;
public booleanshouldMergeWorkingCopyIntoRemote()
INTERNAL: This happens when serialized remote unit of work has to be merged with local remote unit of work.

        return getMergePolicy() == WORKING_COPY_INTO_REMOTE;
public booleanshouldRefreshRemoteObject()
INTERNAL: This is used to refresh objects on the remote session

        return getMergePolicy() == REFRESH_REMOTE_OBJECT;