4. Generation of Canonical MetaModel classes

Annotation processing tool generates source code for a metamodel class given the annotated source code of persistent entity. This tool is invoked during compilation for JDK6 compiler if OpenJPA and JPA libraries are specified in the compiler -classpath option and Annotation processor option -Aopenjpa.metamodel=true is specified.

 $ javac -classpath path/to/openjpa-all.jar -Aopenjpa.metamodel=true mypackage/MyEntity.java

will generate source code for canonical meta-model class mypackage.MyEntity_.java.

The Annotation Processor recognizes the following options specified in the command-line with -A (none of them are mandatory).