Update only partial properties of an entity RRS feed

  • Question

  • I only want to update one property of my entity not the whole entity properties.

    There is already a solution: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10257360/how-to-update-not-every-fields-of-an-object-using-entity-framework-and-entitysta

    But somehow it does not work for me:

        foreach (var customer in customers)
    var entry = _context.Entry(customer);
    entry.State = EntityState.Modified;

    entry.Property(e => e.x2).IsModified = false;
    entry.Property(e => e.x3).IsModified = false;


        public class Customer
         public string x1 {get; set;}
         public string x2 {get; set;}
         public string x3 {get; set;}

    I only want to update property x1.

    But on SaveChanges() I get this exception:

    **Entity of type Customer in state modified has the following validation errors: field x2 is require.**

    Why is the original value for x2 not taken instead?

    Something I must do wrong.

    I am using .NET 4.5.1 and EF 6.0.2.

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:20 PM

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  • Hi,

    Try to atach your model first. Take a look at this other thread:

    EntityFramework update partial model


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    • Edited by JA Reyes Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:11 PM Link
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:32 PM
  • I know this SO thread. There is nothing about attaching the model. Above all when I do this:

    entry.State = EntityState.Modified; then it is attached automatically.

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:05 PM
  • Hello peluca],

    What model have you used, database first, model first or code first?

    For the entity “Customer”, which filed is the key filed?

    >>I only want to update property x1.

    Have a try to use codes entry.Property(e => e.x1).IsModified = true instead of setting the whole entity to be modified.


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    • Marked as answer by Fred Bao Friday, December 27, 2013 9:49 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by __BN__ Friday, December 27, 2013 10:54 PM
    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:28 AM
  • Sorry Fred for returning to you. I was on holidays.

    Thats my prod code:

    foreach (var period in periods)
                    _context.Entry(period).Property(x => x.Content).IsModified = true;

    I get entity error validations that another field must not be null. And thats true the other field of the period entity is null. But I do not have this data available and I do not want to retrieve this data again...

    I just want to tell EF take this modified property, update it and preserve the other original values.

    Is this possible or not with EF?

    In a scenario where you deal with DTOs sent to the client you do not want to send everything back/forth only the properties which can be changed for the rest properties you want to keep the original values.

    Thats my scenario. Not so unusual...

    After googling a while I did this:

    myContext.Configuration.ValidateOnSaveEnabled = false

    Now I could save my partial data, but when I retrieve the period entity again some original values were overwritten with e.g. default value for integer "0" thats bad.

    In my opinion the EF team should create kind of Update<T>(t => t.property == true) or UpdatePartial<T>(...) methods on the DbSet to handle update scenarios more convenient.

    • Edited by __BN__ Friday, December 27, 2013 11:21 PM
    Friday, December 27, 2013 11:04 PM