Storing a copy of a document embedded in another document in MongoDB via Mongoose

We have a requirement to store a copy of a Mongo document, as an embedded subdocument in another document. It should have a reference to the original document. The copied document needs to be a deep copy, like a snapshot of the original.

The original document's schema (defined with Mongoose) is not fixed - it currently uses a type of inheritance to allow different additions to the Schema depending on "type".

<hr> <ol> <li>Is there a way to such a flexible embedded schema within a Mongoose model?</li> <li>Is it something that needs to be injected at runtime, when we can know the schema?</li> </ol> <hr>

The models / schemas we have currently look like this:

///UserList Schema: - this should contain a deep copy of a List user: { type: ObjectId, ref: 'User' }, list: { /* Not sure if this is a how we should store the reference type: ObjectId, ref: 'List' */ listId: ObjectId, name: { type: String, required: true }, items: [{ type: ObjectId, ref: 'Item' }] } <hr> ///List Schema: name: { type: String, required: true }, items: [{ type: ObjectId, ref: 'Item' }], createdBy: { type: ObjectId, ref: 'User' } <hr>

The code we currently have uses inheritance to allow different item types. I realise this technique may not be the best way to achieve the flexibility we require and is not the focus of my question.

///Item Model + Schema var mongoose = require('mongoose'), nodeutils = require('util'), Schema = mongoose.Schema, ObjectId = Schema.Types.ObjectId; function ItemSchema() { var self = this; Schema.apply(this, arguments); self.add({ question: { type: String, required: true } }); self.methods.toDiscriminator = function(type) { var Item = mongoose.model('Item'); this.__proto__ = new Item.discriminators[type](this); return this; }; } nodeutils.inherits(ItemSchema, Schema); module.exports = ItemSchema;


I think you just need to create an empty {} object for the document in your parent mongoose schema. This way you´ll be able to store any object with a hardcopy of all it´s data.

parentobj : { name: Sring, nestedObj: {} }

I think at this point, what you´ll need is to mark your nested objet as modified before you save it. Here is an example of my mongoose code.

exports.update = function(req, res) { User.findById(req.params.id, function (err, eluser) { if (err) { return handleError(res, err); } if(!eluser) { return res.send(404); } var updated = _.merge(eluser, req.body); //This makes NESTEDDATA OBJECT to be saved updated.markModified('nestedData'); updated.save(function (err) { if (err) { return handleError(res, err); } return res.json(200, eluser); }); }); };

In addition, if you need an array of different documents in nestedDocument, the right way is this one:

parentobj : { name: Sring, nestedObjs: [Schema.Types.Mixed] }

Please check Mongoose Schema Types carefully


As you said, I´ll add you final solution as including ItemSchema in the nestedObj array definition to clarifythe type of the object to a determined one..

var ItemSchema = new Schema({ item1: String, item2: String }); var parentobj = new Schema({ name: Sring, nestedObj: [ItemSchema] });

<strong>EDIT 2:</strong> Remember adding new Items to the nestedArray, must be done with nestedArray.push(item)



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