Some of the geometry fields that are returned from my PostGIS queries are truncated. When I first found this error any geometry fields with more than a few thousand characters would not show up in the pgAdmin Output Pane. So I changed the pgAdmin >> Options >> Query Editor >> Max Characters per column to 32,500 and now the geometry field shows up but it is truncated and ends with "(...)" like the following example;

    -79.4660582160837 42.211909028322,
    -79.4673861587629 42.212436007559,
    -79.4673871980406 42.212436150477 

Any query that ends with the "(...)" fails when I attempt to serialize the result. This occurs on any geometries that have more than a couple thousand characters in them.

I'm pretty sure the issue has something to do with these large geometries because I can successfully run geometries that have fewer vertexes.

When I first found this bug I thought it might be restricted to PostgreSQL 9.2 so I installed version 9.3 and have found the same issue. I also reindexed my table and as far as I can tell the table is not corrupt.

I am also using PostGIS 2.2 bundle for PostgreSQL x64 9.3.

  • How are you performing the serialisation? Feb 26, 2016 at 6:00
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    What are you trying to do with the data? Why is this a problem? Are you trying to copy / paste from the output pane?
    – mlinth
    Feb 26, 2016 at 9:28

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I was able to solve the issue. It appears that in .NET there is a limit to how long a string that is serialized can be and you must explicitly declare a maxJsonLength in your Web.config. I was able to solve the problem by adding the following to my Web.config:

                <jsonSerialization maxJsonLength="50000000"/>

This did not change how the result appeared in the pgAdmin output pane but now I can serialize my PostgreSql result set and pass it back to my web application.

  • Might be worth editing your question to make clear that the truncation was happening from a .NET call and was nothing to do with postgres...
    – mlinth
    Feb 26, 2016 at 19:11

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