[DDC-1879] Orphans are neither nulled nor removed when merging a graph of detached entities Created: 18/Jun/12  Updated: 23/Jan/13

Status: Awaiting Feedback
Project: Doctrine 2 - ORM
Component/s: ORM
Affects Version/s: 2.2.2
Fix Version/s: None
Security Level: All

Type: Bug Priority: Major
Reporter: Philippe Van Eerdenbrugghe Assignee: Benjamin Eberlei
Resolution: Unresolved Votes: 0
Labels: None

Doctrine 2.2.2
PHP 5.3.10 with Suhosin-Patch
mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.15, for osx10.7
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion


When merging a graph of detached entities, the created entitied are created and the updated entities are updated but the non-present entities (which exist in the database but are not in the graph) are neither removed nor have them their association column nullified.

Example :

In my code I have 2 entities : Parent and Child. There is a OneToMany(cascade=


, orphanRemoval=true) relation defined in Parent.

In my database I have a Parent row with an id of 1, which has 3 Children with ids 1,2,3.

When I write the following code, I expect the Parent with id 1 and the Child with id 2 to be updated, a new Child to be created and the Child with id 1 and 3 to be deleted.

$parent = new Parent(); $parent->id = 1  // detached entity
$existing_child = new Child(); $child->id = 2 // detached entity
$new_child = new Child(); // new entity



The objects I expect to be created and updated have the correct behaviour but the old children are not touched, they are still present in the database.

Comment by Marco Pivetta [ 23/Jan/13 ]

I don't think this is valid. Orphan removal scheduling is handled only when an unit of work is available.

What's the state of `$dinner` before your example? Can you `var_dump` it?

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