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Help, default entity listeners not being invoked [message #536083] Wed, 26 May 2010 22:24 Go to next message
Andy Clan is currently offline Andy Clan
Messages: 4
Registered: May 2010
Junior Member
EclipseLink 2.0
Java SE 1.6.0_17

I am writing a simple global debug listener to output CRUD debug events on 4 simple entities. In the entity mappings XML file, I have the following:

<entity-mappings xmlns=""
                           " version="2.0">
                <entity-listener class="bo.DebugListener">
                    <pre-persist method-name="prePersist"></pre-persist>
                    <post-persist method-name="postPersist"></post-persist>
                    <pre-remove method-name="preRemove"></pre-remove>
                    <post-remove method-name="postRemove"></post-remove>
                    <pre-update method-name="preUpdate"></pre-update>
                    <post-update method-name="postUpdate"></post-update>
                    <post-load method-name="postLoad"></post-load>

My DebugListener class just contains simple sys out calls as follows:

public class DebugListener {

    public DebugListener() {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> CONSTRUCTOR");

    public void prePersist(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " PREPERSIST");

    public void postPersist(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " POSTPERSIST");

    public void preUpdate(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " PREUPDATE");

    public void postUpdate(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " POSTUPDATE");

    public void preRemove(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " PREREMOVE");

    public void postRemove(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " POSTREMOVE");

    public void postLoad(Object o) {
        System.out.println(">>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " + o.getClass() + " POSTLOAD");

I have 4 entities, several instances of which are inserted into an in-process Derby database (running in a Java SE environment), but the CRUD sys outs never get called. I do get 4 constructor sys outs, however.

Also, if I move the block of <entity-listener> XML into a section for any specific entity (under <entity class="...">), I do see all the CRUD sysouts for that entity.

I am thinking that the default entity listeners should be invoked on each and every entity registered into the persistence unit by default with the above XML and listener class. But I am new to JPA, so perhaps I have missed something here ?

Any help greatly appreciated. Smile
Re: Help, default entity listeners not being invoked [message #536950 is a reply to message #536083] Mon, 31 May 2010 15:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
James Sutherland is currently offline James Sutherland
Messages: 1939
Registered: July 2009
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Senior Member

There seems to be a bug that if a descriptor does not have any event listeners, then the default event listeners are not triggered.

Please log this bug and vote for it.

A workaround would be to define a SessionCustomizer that iterates over all of the ClassDescriptors and adds a dummy DescriptorEventListener to their eventManagers.

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Re: Help, default entity listeners not being invoked [message #537022 is a reply to message #536950] Tue, 01 June 2010 01:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Andy Clan is currently offline Andy Clan
Messages: 4
Registered: May 2010
Junior Member
Thanks for taking a look at this James. I have logged it as a bug, Bug 315154.

Am more than a little surprised that this bug exists as its reproducible with little more than 20 lines of code. I would have thought this might also be something that a lot of people would want to implement, (application wide logging and debugging listeners etc).

Its also drawn from code out of Antonio Goncalves book JavaEE6 with Glassfish (chap 05) which I am making my way through. I would have thought there'd be a lot of readers who'd also come across it because of this too.

Re: Help, default entity listeners not being invoked [message #651093 is a reply to message #537022] Thu, 27 January 2011 17:43 Go to previous message
Haya Gur is currently offline Haya Gur
Messages: 2
Registered: January 2011
Junior Member
Thanks for sharing this bug. I have also encountered exactly the same problem, and couldn't figure out what's wrong. its not that surprising by the way, I have encountered some more problems and compilation errors when trying to follow this Antonio Goncalves's book...
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