Enabling second level cache in a JBoss when you use JPA 1 is actually relative easy. Understanding how to set its properties is also not to difficult to do. Finding how to specify which configuration file to use when setting the additional configurations is more difficult.
When you search the net, you will eventually find that there is a property called
hibernate.cache.jbc.configs that should be defined in your persistence.xml and that should point to a
file with the configurations. Chasing down how to do this for a few hours eventually drove to me start browsing the
code. I realised then that the property actually was called
The default value for
a file found in the
hibernate-jbosscache2.jar. The way to override this default setting is to set the
value to either a resource in JBoss class path or a file on the file system. Pointing to a hardcoded file seems to
be a bit risky since you actually can't be sure where your final application will be deployed. A better solution is
to make sure that the configuration is located in the JBoss class path and set the property to the name of the class
How do you add something to the class path in a JBoss 5.1? One easy way is to add a file to you server's
conf directory. This is typical something similar to
server/default/conf if you use the
default server in your JBoss.
persistence.xml may look like this:
<persistence xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/persistence" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/persistence http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/persistence/persistence_1_0.xsd" version="1.0"> <persistence-unit name="my-persistence-unit" transaction-type="JTA"> <jta-data-source>java:/Space</jta-data-source> <properties> <property name="hibernate.dialect" value="org.hibernate.dialect.HSQLDialect"/> <property name="hibernate.hbm2ddl.auto" value="create-drop"/> <property name="hibernate.jdbc.batch_size" value="50"/> <property name="hibernate.jdbc.batch_versioned_data" value="true"/> <property name="jboss.depends.1" value="jboss.system:service=ThreadPool"/> <property name="hibernate.cache.use_second_level_cache" value="true"/> <property name="hibernate.cache.use_query_cache" value="true"/> <property name="hibernate.cache.region.factory_class" value="org.hibernate.cache.jbc2.MultiplexedJBossCacheRegionFactory"/> <property name="hibernate.cache.region.jbc2.configs" value="jbc2-configs.xml"/> </properties> </persistence-unit> </persistence>
Next step is to optimize the
jbc2-configs.xml settings. This is dependant on your application and its
typical use and therefore left as an exercise to the reader.