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@ManyToMany: Removing all the associations?  RSS feed

Adriano Meis
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Hello, (unluckily) I have a @ManyToMany,

MyUser (table MYUSER)
MyGroup (table MYGROUP)

I correctly defined a @ManyToMany and Hibernate generated a USER_GROUP table.

I need to remove all the existing associations between MyUser and MyGroup.
Current Solution
Now I'm using a entitymanager handled native query: "DELETE FROM USER_GROUP", for some reasons (very very long to explain...) I want to find a different and cleaner solution.

My first idea:
Since for what I should do, I need to remove both the user/group associations and all the groups too, I tried to set a Cascade Remove on the @ManyToMany, but this doesn't work.. if I execute HQL "delete from MyGroup" I receive an exception since a FK is violated.
And looking around seems that Cascade Remove should not be used with @ManyToMany...

1st Discarded idea
move to @OneToMany, @ManyToOne

2nd Discarded idea
not very performant..
iterating on all the groups and removing their associated users.

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