In ArcCatalog we can register a table in the GeoDatabase using the tables context menu. Now i'm trying to find a way with ArcObjects, to detect whether an ITable is already registered, is this even possible?

I'm aware that registered tables are listed in the GDB_ITEMS system table, but some SDE connections do not have read access to this table, or only with a different (unknown) qualifier. So reading the system table directly is not an option in this case.

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    I assume if it IS an IFeatureClass or an IObjectClass the table already is registered. I´m not sure if this also applies to ITable. Oct 28, 2015 at 12:23
  • @HimBromBeere - You are right, an IFeatureClass is always registered. So the question should be about ITable objects, in a test i found out, that it is possible to do a successful QueryInterface to IObjectClass even if the table is not registered. Oct 28, 2015 at 12:31
  • Really? Oooh, and what happens if you query the interface for ITable? Oct 28, 2015 at 12:37
  • @HimBromBeere - The test lists all datasets of the workspace. The unregistered IDataset is a standalone table and can then be query-interfaced to ITable as well as to IObjectClass and others like IClass, IClassEx, IClassID, ... Oct 28, 2015 at 12:43

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Finally, with a bit of luck, i found the answer myself. There is an interface IFeatureWorkspaceManage which is supported by feature workspaces, and there we can ask for this information.

IDataset dataset = ...;
IFeatureWorkspaceManage workspaceManage = dataset.Workspace as IFeatureWorkspaceManage;
bool isRegistered = false;
if (workspaceManage != null)
  isRegistered = workspaceManage.IsRegisteredAsObjectClass(dataset.Name);

To register an unregistered table we can use:


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