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Problem :

I have some objects in the following configuration:

·  A has the many-to-many relationship with B. (B         has inverse="true")

·  B has the many-to-one relationship with C. (I have cascade set to "save-update")

·  C is the kind of type or category table.

Also primary keys are generated by the database on the save.

But with my data sometimes I run into problems such as  A has the set of different B objects and now these B objects refer to the same C object.

When I try to call session.saveOrUpdate(myAObject) I get following hibernate error which says: "a different object with the same identifier value was already associated with the session: C". I can understand that hibernate cannot insert/update/delete the same object twice in the same session, and so looking for some workaround on this? I don’t think this is the uncommon situation.

One thing I want to mention here is that for architectural reasons beyond my control each read or write needs to be done in a separate session.

Does anybody has any solution on my issue?

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Solution :

You just need to Run session_object.clear() and after that just save the new object. This will clear the session for you and  will remove the offending duplicate object from your session.


You can just add the annotation @GeneratedValue to the bean you are inserting.

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Reason Behind this error

Its because the B objects are not referring to the same Java C object instance. They are referring to the same row in the database (i.e. the same primary key) but they're different copies of it.

So what is happening is that the Hibernate session, which is managing the entities would be keeping track of which Java object corresponds to the row with the same primary key.

One option would be to make sure that the Entities of objects B that refer to the same row are actually referring to the same object instance of C. Alternatively turn off cascading for that member variable. This way when B is persisted C is not. You will have to save C manually separately though. If C is a type/category table, then it probably makes sense to be that way.

STEP 1: Just set cascade to MERGE, that should do the trick.


You only need to do one thing. Run session_object.clear() and then save the new object. This will clear the session (as aptly named) and remove the offending duplicate object from your session.

Follw this below cod it may sort out this issue

public void testSavePerson() {
    try (Session session = sessionFactory.openSession()) {
        Transaction tx = session.beginTransaction();
        Person person1 = new Person();
        Person person2 = new Person();


public class Person {
    private int id;
    private String name;

    @Column(name = "id")
    public int getId() {
        return id;

    public void setId(int id) {
        this.id = id;

    @Column(name = "name")
    public String getName() {
        return name;

    public void setName(String name) {
        this.name = name;



add this code on your primary key:

@GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)

Transfer the task of assigning the object ID from Hibernate to the database by using:

<generator class="native"/>

Another way to solve the above problem will be to override the hashcode().
Also flush the hibernate session before and after save



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