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I have a small software that connects to a database (SQLServer) reads a few values and transfers them to a SDE Oracle instance (11g).

The problem is: I have over half million records that I need to transfer. My code reaches for the records without an issue, but when I try to insert...(my guess is that you guys already got throught this) I get a lovely COM error, screaming at me about Single Threaded and Multi Threaded apartments.

Here is a snippet:

        IFeatureWorkspace workspace = GetWorkspace() as IFeatureWorkspace;
        ITable newTable = workspace.CreateTable("blevers", fields, uid, null, "");

        IRowBuffer buffer = newTable.CreateRowBuffer();
        ICursor cursor = newTable.Insert(false);

        IMultiuserWorkspaceEdit workspaceEdit = workspace as IMultiuserWorkspaceEdit;
        IWorkspaceEdit2 workspaceEdit2 = workspaceEdit as IWorkspaceEdit2;

        for (int i = 0; i <= stringList.Count - 1; i++)
            buffer.set_Value(0, stringList[i]);
            Console.WriteLine("Escrevendo linha " + i.ToString() + " de " + stringList.Count);


I usually get the error inside the for loop. How can I insert big big cursors without problems?

EDIT: i've also tried using a SchemaLock, but a COM error explodes in my face when converting the ITable to ISchemaLock. I'm out of ideas!

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Where are you executing the transfer? Could be that it's taking too long to execute and if it's a STA it frezes the application for too long. In that case putting the work in a background worker thread might help. – MathiasWestin Sep 16 '10 at 15:15
Did you confirm that field 0 on blevers table is really the field you wish to populate? – Kirk Kuykendall Sep 16 '10 at 15:16
Hello guys, the field exists, "blevers" it's just an example. Mathias, that is what is happening. I'll look into the background worker thread - i've never done that. Thanks for the help :D – George Sep 16 '10 at 22:59
Might also work if you add a Application.DoEvents(); in the loop so the application can handle some events during the execution. – MathiasWestin Sep 17 '10 at 6:25
I'll try that too. I'm still looking into BackgroundWorker! – George Sep 17 '10 at 18:17
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When you create your insert cursor, you need to have the useBuffering parameter = true. And as others have suggested periodically flush the buffer.

ICursor cursor = newTable.Insert(true);

const int BufferFlushLimit = 500;

ICursor cursor = destinationTable.Insert(true);
IRowBuffer buffer = destinationTable.CreateRowBuffer();

    int bufferCount = 0;
    IRow sourceRow;

    // loop through the source data

        if (bufferCount >= BufferFlushLimit)
            bufferCount = 0;
    //do a final flush
    if (bufferCount > 0)
    //Release com objects
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When running this type of operation, typically I flush the cursor every few hundred records.

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