19.3. Managing the caches

Whenever you pass an object to save(), update() or saveOrUpdate(), and whenever you retrieve an object using load(), get(), list(), iterate() or scroll(), that object is added to the internal cache of the Session.
When flush() is subsequently called, the state of that object will be synchronized with the database. If you do not want this synchronization to occur, or if you are processing a huge number of objects and need to manage memory efficiently, the evict() method can be used to remove the object and its collections from the first-level cache.
ScrollableResults cats = sess.createQuery("from Cat as cat").scroll(); //a huge result set
while ( cats.next() ) {
    Cat cat = (Cat) cats.get(0);
The Session also provides a contains() method to determine if an instance belongs to the session cache.
To evict all objects from the session cache, call Session.clear()
For the second-level cache, there are methods defined on SessionFactory for evicting the cached state of an instance, entire class, collection instance or entire collection role.
sessionFactory.evict(Cat.class, catId); //evict a particular Cat
sessionFactory.evict(Cat.class);  //evict all Cats
sessionFactory.evictCollection("Cat.kittens", catId); //evict a particular collection of kittens
sessionFactory.evictCollection("Cat.kittens"); //evict all kitten collections


This method is invoked as a result of the application using the SessionFactory.evictXXX(..., Serializable id) API. Applications using this API should recognize that calls to it may block waiting for other transactions to complete with a JBoss Cache based Second Level Cache.
Further, such calls that occur in the middle of a transaction will hold locks until the transaction commits and will not update other nodes until the transaction commits. If this is a problem, it may be helpful to do the eviction before the transaction begins or after it commits.
The CacheMode controls how a particular session interacts with the second-level cache:
  • CacheMode.NORMAL: will read items from and write items to the second-level cache
  • CacheMode.GET: will read items from the second-level cache. Do not write to the second-level cache except when updating data
  • CacheMode.PUT: will write items to the second-level cache. Do not read from the second-level cache
  • CacheMode.REFRESH: will write items to the second-level cache. Do not read from the second-level cache. Bypass the effect of hibernate.cache.use_minimal_puts forcing a refresh of the second-level cache for all items read from the database
To browse the contents of a second-level or query cache region, use the Statistics API:
Map cacheEntries = sessionFactory.getStatistics()
You will need to enable statistics and, optionally, force Hibernate to keep the cache entries in a more readable format:
hibernate.generate_statistics true
hibernate.cache.use_structured_entries true