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Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Database.Transaction[20205] An error occurred using a transaction.


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Error when working with Entity Framework core: Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore.Database.Transaction[20205] An error occurred using a transaction. System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException (0x80131904): The COMMIT TRANSACTION request has no corresponding BEGIN TRANSACTION. at System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection.OnError(SqlException exception, Boolean breakConnection, Action`1 wrapCloseInAction)

[Description]: The error described above sometimes happens when you have an Asynchronous code executing inside the function that is not Asynchrouse. Meaning, if the function executes Async Code or returns a Task, it is considered a bad practice to execute or call functions that are none-async inside the Async Function.

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Answer:
If you are saving your changes using _context.SaveChangesAsync() then you need to change to _context.SaveChanges().

The reason why the error happens is that the transaction is run Asynchronously. When you do _context.SaveChanges() or chain the function like _context.[YourDataModel].Add([YourObject]).Context.SaveChanges(); The transaction happens in one commit and the Database connection does not close and reopens to save the changes.

[Note]: Remember that when you use SaveChangesAsync() you await the result, otherwise the Operation will run in the Background or rather on a different thread. This will lock the DatabaseContext and other operations requiring to use of the Database Context would then throw.


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Kasiaric said:

Thanks a lot. I was actually using SavechangesAsync() instead of SaveChanges().

Posted On: February 25, 2020 6:46:44 AM

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