Inserting record in SQL table with timestamp datatype

.net-core coreclr entity-framework-core


I have a SQL Table with TimeStamp Column. The corresponding EF entity is below

 public partial class Request : IEntityBase
    public Request()

    public int RequestID { get; set; }
    public Nullable<int> BatchID { get; set; }
    public string ClientID { get; set; }
    public Nullable<System.DateTime> CreatedDateTime { get; set; }
    public Nullable<System.DateTime> ModifiedDateTime { get; set; }
    public byte[] VersionStamp { get; set; }        

The VersionStamp property has datatype timestamp is sql

In C# i create a new entity and call savechanges()

        var request = new Request()
            ClientID = "XYZ",
            CreatedDateTime = DateTime.Now,
            ModifiedDateTime = DateTime.Now,
        await _DBContext.SaveChangesAsync().ConfigureAwait(false);

But i get error

"Cannot insert an explicit value into a timestamp column. Use INSERT with a column list to exclude the timestamp column, or insert a DEFAULT into the timestamp column."

I am not setting timestamp anywhere in the code. I was expecting SQL will automatically update the column value

8/22/2017 7:49:13 PM

Popular Answer

For EF Core 2.0 (and propably EF Core 1.0 as well) you have to specify timestamp/version property inside DbContext/OnModelCreating mehod.

Below you can find sample specification for the "Request" type.

modelBuilder.Entity<Request>(entity =>
     entity.ToTable("Requests");           // Depends on your table name 
     entity.HasKey(e => e.RequestID)       // If you have a primary key

     entity.Property(e => e.VersionStamp)
           .IsConcurrencyToken()           // If you want to handle concurrency
           .ValueGeneratedOnAddOrUpdate(); // This is important
11/6/2017 2:48:46 PM

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