Transactional annotation on a Spring service method not picked up

I spent several hours trying to hunt down why a @Transactional annotation on a method was not being picked up. It was picked up on various other method, but not on this particalar service which only contains one method.

public class SomeHelper {
    @Transactional(propagation = Propagation.REQUIRES_NEW)
    protected ReturnType doSomething(String paramater) {
        // handling code

There are also some autowired components in there which were working.

Several hours later, I found it.


Apparently the annotation is only applied to public methods.

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