As noted above, the key-fields element contains a key-field for each primary key field of the current entity. The key-field element uses the same syntax as the cmp-field element of the entity, except that key-field does not support the not-null option. Key fields of a relation-table are automatically not null, because they are the primary key of the table. On the other hand, foreign key fields must be nullable by default. This is because the CMP specification requires an insert into the database after the ejbCreate method and an update to it after to pick up CMR changes made in ejbPostCreate. Since the EJB specification does not allow a relationship to be modified until ejbPostCreate, a foreign key will be initially set to null. There is a similar problem with removal. You can change this insert behavior using the jboss.xml insert-after-ejb-post-create container configuration flag. The following example illustrates the creation of a new bean configuration that uses insert-after-ejb-post-create by default.
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<container-configuration extends="Standard CMP 2.x EntityBean">
<container-name>INSERT after ejbPostCreate Container</container-name>
An alternate means of working around the non-null foreign key issue is to map the foreign key elements onto non-null CMP fields. In this case you simply populate the foreign key fields in ejbCreate using the associated CMP field setters.
from some other forum..not sure because I have opened around 15-20 screens and closed it.
i wanted to post a more clear explanation.
I was able to configure jboss to delay the insert after ejbpost create.
In order to do this, the following lines must be added to jboss.xml:
Another thing that must be done, is to mark the entity beans to use this configuration (this is also done in jboss.xml)
The last thing that must be done, when the primary key is generated by the database server, is to set a dummy id for the entity bean in ejbCreate, something like: setId(new Integer(DUMMY_ID)); this will be overwritten by the database server with the right id. This hack must we done, otherwise an CreateException will be thrown (this is probably a jboss bug for now - not taking in account the fact that the primary key will be generated by the database server).