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Populate an empty object if none is found

Sverre Moe
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I have a many-to-one relation in my mapping file.
In some cases, this many-to-one value does not exist in the joing table.

Is it possible for me to populate this many-to-one object with only the identifier value and the rest empty?

The database does not have foreign keys so there is possible there could exist such a key that does not refer to a value in the many-to-one table.

I could add not-found="ignore", but that would entail that the mapped object gets a null object for the many-to-one relation.

In other words get Hibernate to populate/create object2 inside object1 with only the identifier value in object1.
[ February 07, 2008: Message edited by: Sverre Moe ]
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