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adding to a table with no primary keys

 
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I have a table that i need to map that does not have primary keys. The only 2 fields are used in many-to-one relationships.
So i used a composite id in my mapping:


<hibernate-mapping>
<class name="com.middle_table" table="middle_table">
<composite-id>
<key-property name="int_col1_id">
<column name="COL1"/>
</key-property>
<key-property name="int_col2_id">
<column name="COL2"/>
</key-property>
</composite-id>

<many-to-one name="col1_id" class="com.Col1" />
<many-to-one name="col2_id" class="com.Col2" />
</class>
</hibernate-mapping>


I added 2 int versions of the actual db field to my pojo. ex. Since col1_id is already used for a many-to-one association, i created an int_col1_id..

Now i'm having problems because i can't insert a new record into the table. It's saying col1_id is specified twice..

What is the right way to map a table with no primary keys in such way that i can insert new records into it?
 
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What is the right way to map a table with no primary keys in such way that i can insert new records into it?


There isn't one. A relational entity must have a primary key, otherwise it can't participate in relationships, and ORMs can't map it. Could you not just add a surrogate key?
 
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Well the OP has a primary key, its just a two column composite key.

Normally you'd declare an inner class that wraps the two attributes of the composite key, and not add the field twice.
 
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