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EF 6 - Bug concerning new connection resiliency feature (.Net 4.5) - Performance Problem


When using the same DbContext class (e.g. DbContext itself) with different connection strings, the Connection Resiliency Feature of .Net 4.5 causes DB-creation to take a long time (due to the DB-Existency checks).

I made a small repro sample where you can see the different effects.
Basically when using 2 default connection strings (without modified connection resiliency settings) with the same DbContext class, the second DB-Creation takes >10s (as this seems to be the default ConnectRetryInterval, even when the MSDN docs suggest something else).

Repro sample
 static void Main (string[] args)
      // Default resiliency settings (since .NET 4.5)
      var defaultConnectionString = "Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=EFIdleResiliencyBug1;Integrated Security=SSPI";

      // Retry Interval = 3s (instead of 10 which seems to be the default)
      var connectionStringThreeSeconds = "Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=EFIdleResiliencyBug2;Integrated Security=SSPI;ConnectRetryInterval=3";

      // Retry Count = 0 (instead of 1) => means Resiliency Feature is disabled.
      var connectionStringZeroRetry = "Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=EFIdleResiliencyBug3;Integrated Security=SSPI;ConnectRetryCount=0;";

      // Here we also create a default connection string but with a different db
      var defaultConnectionString2 = "Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=EFIdleResiliencyBug4;Integrated Security=SSPI";

      //The first DB that is dropped is seemingly stored statically in EF.
      Drop (connectionStringThreeSeconds);
      Drop (defaultConnectionString2);

      //The stored dropped connection string can be recreated very fast.

      //All other connection strings (same DbContext class) try to connect to the DB.
      Create (connectionStringThreeSeconds); // BUG: Takes 3s
      Create(connectionStringZeroRetry); // Takes no time (connection resiliency disabled)
      Create (defaultConnectionString2); // BUG: Takes 10s (seems to be the default RetryInterval for some reason).

      // Note: When using a different derived class from DBContext for each connection string the bug does not exist.

      // Expected Behavior: Ignore connection resiliency for checking if the db exists. (It should not take 3s or even 10s).
      // This is especially a problem when executing integration / unit tests that drop the db at the beginning.

    private static void Create (string connectionString)
      Console.WriteLine ($"Creating {connectionString}");
        var sw = Stopwatch.StartNew();

      using (var dbContext = new DbContext (connectionString))
        Console.WriteLine ("Creating DB took: " + sw.Elapsed);

    private static void Drop (string connectionString)
      Console.WriteLine ($"Droping {connectionString}");
        var sw = Stopwatch.StartNew();

      using (var dbContext = new DbContext (connectionString))
        sw = Stopwatch.StartNew();

        Console.WriteLine ("Deleting DB took: " + sw.Elapsed);
I hope this helps you fix the API or adapt the docs.

But in my opinion the current API (EF6) suggests that you can use the same class (DBContext) for multiple connection strings (ctor for this). However with .Net 4.5 that causes serious performance problems.
This is especially noticable in our unit / integration tests where we drop multiple DBs with the same DBContext class and recreate them later.
Closed Dec 5, 2016 at 11:35 PM by RoMiller
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MrDisaster44 wrote Dec 20, 2016 at 4:50 PM