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It seems the OnDelete property is incorrectly handled by ORMD.

When you select 'OnDelete' and set it to 'cascade' the parameter should be added to the <foreignkey> section in the rendered XML. Instead it ends up on as a property of the actual column, which breaks building the XML.

Also where is OnUpdate? I do not see it?

Reference: Propel's foreign key element doc

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sorry for late reply but we were out of office. I checked it today and it seems that we have a typo in our cfg script which caused this problem.

Could you please try to edit file **Propel.ormd2.cfg.xml ** located inside the ORMD/Configurations and replace text on line 96 from

<struct name="Associations">


<struct name="Association">

After this update export looks like this:

<table name="e2">
  <column name="id" type="Integer" required="true" autoIncrement="true" primaryKey="true"/>
  <column name="sample_entity_id" type="integer" required="true"/>
  <foreign-key foreignTable="SampleEntity" onDelete="cascade" onUpdate="cascade" phpName="test" refPhpName="test2">
    <reference foreign="id" local="sample_entity_id"/>
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Thanks for info. I'm not sure if it will be possible to duplicate all behaviors from common one-to-many.

I fully understand that creating many-to-many is more comfortable then two one-to-many associations, but many-to-many structure is internally implemented slightly different than two separate associations.

We will check it next week and let you know.

Have you already looked into this? Forgot about this issue but ran into it again today with a new project. Checked the latest beta but I see the issue still exists.

Normal associations can have properties onDelete, onUpdate, phpName and refPhpName but this is still missing in the many-to-many associations.

Hi, sorry for this delay. We already have a fix but we don't release it yet. Replace content of file Propel.ormd2.cfg with content from here: http://pastebin.com/pf5YiheF and attributes will works.

Yeah that works great. Thanks for the temporary fix and the quick reply. I'm always impresssed with the quick support from ORM Designer.

Thanks for your feedback, I'm glad it is working for you now. The fix will be part of the next version release.
Just let us know should you need anything more.

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Thanks for info, we will check it and let you know.

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Is there any news on this? Have you confirmed this is an actual bug?
Or am I doing something incorrectly?

It was a bug. Please check my reply.