How to unassign a ManyToMany relation?

I am using doctrine for ManyToMany relation between Article (owning side) and Tag (reverse side). If I want to un-assign a tag from an article without actually deleting any of them, should I consider joinTable as a standalone entity and remove relationship between article and tag directly from “article_to_tag” table? Or is there a better way?

In theory it should be pretty straight forward. No need to create an intermediate entity. Something like:


More details here:

However, there is quite a bit of magic gong on under the hood here and you may run into problems depending on your use case. This article goes into quite a bit of detail on various ways to handle many to many relations in Doctrine 2:

I have been moving away from ORMs and back to plain sql just to deal with some of these sorts of issues.

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