What does the DBContext.Entry do?

asp.net asp.net-mvc dbcontext entity-framework

Question

[HttpPost]
public ActionResult Edit(Movie movie)
{
    if (ModelState.IsValid)
    {
        db.Entry(movie).State = EntityState.Modified;
        db.SaveChanges();
        return RedirectToAction("Index");
    }
    return View(movie);
}

This action receives a movie model and updates it in the database.
But I can't figure out how.
The movie object isn't attached to the db, so how does entity framework know which row in the db should be updaed?

I am sure that the Entry method has something to do with it, but I don't really know what this method does. I read that it provies information but I cannot understand how by just changing the State of an entry it becomes attached and tracked by the DBContext.

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2/23/2013 9:12:33 PM

Accepted Answer

It just attaches the entity to the dataContext. Otherwise you will have to search for the entity using the primary key and then edit the value and save it.

If you have an entity that you know already exists in the database but to which changes may have been made then you can tell the context to attach the entity and set its state to Modified. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/data/jj592676

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7/20/2018 8:00:30 AM


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