DDC-2250: Joining Associations in Single Inheritance Scheme #2950

doctrinebot opened this Issue Jan 20, 2013 · 3 comments

2 participants


Jira issue originally created by user johannes:

Let's assume the following class hierarchy:

SpecialComment extends AbstractComment
    private $specialAssociation;
RegularComment extends RegularComment

Now, I'd like to write a query such as:

SELECT c, a FROM AbstractComment c LEFT JOIN c.specialAssociation a

The idea is to preload the association when selecting all comments. Now, that association is only present on a sub-class of the queried class, but since it is a single table inheritance, Doctrine should be able to join it for those entities where it is present.

At the moment unfortunately, Doctrine shows an error that the association does not exist on the AbstractComment class. Also, there is no real alternative to this except moving the collection to the base class even if it does not belong there.


Comment created by @beberlei:

DQL has strict typing with regard to inheritance, this type of query is not possible.


Issue was closed with resolution "Can't Fix"


Comment created by johannes:

A too bad. I guess the code around inheritance is already quite complex that it does not make sense to add an exception for this case.

Do you think it would somehow (maybe manually) be possible to load collections in a batch operation? For example, something like this:

$batch = array();
foreach ($comments as $comment) {
    if ($comment instanceof SpecialComment) {
        $batch[] = $comment->getSpecialAssociation();

@beberlei beberlei was assigned by doctrinebot Dec 6, 2015
@doctrinebot doctrinebot closed this Dec 6, 2015
@doctrinebot doctrinebot added the Bug label Dec 7, 2015
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