EF6.0 "The relationship could not be changed because one or more of the foreign-key properties is non-nullable"

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Every time I try to delete a "child" entry, an issue occurs. This is a sample set:

using (var context = new CompanyContext())
    ItemType itemType = context.ItemTypes.FirstOrDefault(i => i.Name == "ServerType");
    ItemTypeItem itemTypeItem = itemType.Items.FirstOrDefault(i => i.Name == "DatabaseServer");
    context.SaveChanges(); <=== exception!

The subsequent exception is raised on theSaveChanges() method.

"The relationship could not be changed because one or more of the foreign-key properties is non-nullable. When a change is made to a relationship, the related foreign-key property is set to a null value. If the foreign-key does not support null values, a new relationship must be defined, the foreign-key property must be assigned another non-null value, or the unrelated object must be deleted."

Setup of Entities

  public class ItemTypeConfiguration : NamedEntityConfiguration<ItemType>
    public ConfigurationColumn ParentIDColumn;
    public ConfigurationColumn ValidationPatternColumn;
    public ItemTypeConfiguration() : base()
      ParentIDColumn = new ConfigurationColumn() { Name = "ParentID", Ordinal = base.LastOrdinalPosition + 1 };
      ValidationPatternColumn = new ConfigurationColumn() { Name = "ValidationPattern", Length = 1024, Ordinal=base.LastOrdinalPosition + 2};
      this.Property(t => t.ParentID)
      this.HasOptional(t => t.Parent).WithMany().HasForeignKey(u => u.ParentID).WillCascadeOnDelete(false);
      this.Property(t => t.ValidationPattern)

  public class ItemTypeItemConfiguration : NamedEntityConfiguration<ItemTypeItem>
    public ConfigurationColumn ItemTypeIDColumn;
    public ItemTypeItemConfiguration() : base()
      ItemTypeIDColumn = new ConfigurationColumn(){Name="ItemTypeID", IsRequired=true, Ordinal= base.LastOrdinalPosition+1};
      this.Property(t => t.ItemTypeID)
      this.HasRequired(t => t.ItemType).WithMany(t=>t.Items).HasForeignKey(u => u.ItemTypeID).WillCascadeOnDelete(true);

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Despite finding the blog, I am lacking the "DeleteObject" method.


Any thoughts? I'm grateful.

3/15/2017 11:26:30 PM

Accepted Answer

The ItemTypeItem has to be deleted. Because it has a non-nullable foreign key referencing ItemType, it cannot be simply removed from the Items list because it cannot exist by itself (ItemTypeID).

ItemTypeItem may be deleted by adding

context.Entry(itemTypeItem).State = EntityState.Deleted;
10/11/2013 7:50:32 PM

Popular Answer

If you remove the entity from the primary context set in the entity framework 6.0, it will function. For instance, you would take the following actions to delete an investment entity:


In contrast to attempting to separate the entity from its parent or owner, this involves


The relationship could not be updated exception mentioned above will be thrown as a result. Hope this was useful.

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