Cannot compare elements of type 'System.Collections.Generic.ICollection`1 Only primitive types, enumeration types and entity types are supported

c# entity-framework linq

Question

I have written this code

IQueryable<Site> sites = context.MainTable.Include("RelatedTable");

if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(param1)) {
    sites = sites.Where(s => s.RelatedTable != null && s.RelatedTable.Any(p => p.Name == param1.ToLower() && p.PolicyType == "primary"));
}

foreach (string secondaryPolicy in secondaryPolicies)
{
    sites = sites.Where(s => s.RelatedTable != null && s.RelatedTable.Any(p => p.Name == secondaryPolicy.ToLower() && p.PolicyType == "secondary"));
}

return sites.ToList();

However at the ToList line I am getting the exception

Cannot compare elements of type 'System.Collections.Generic.ICollection`1[[Project1, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null]]'. Only primitive types, enumeration types and entity types are supported.

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37
5/15/2017 12:13:05 PM

Accepted Answer

You can't compare a related table to null directly. Instead, compare against your foreign key member (assuming that PrimaryTable reference RelatedTable using a member called RelatedTableId.

sites.Where(s => s.RelatedTableId != null && s.RelatedTable.Any(
    p => p.Name == param1.ToLower() && p.PolicyType == "primary"));

You may even be able to get away with removing the null check completely. Since this query is run against the database, you won't get a NullReferenceException and it may work. You'll have to double check on that though.

64
5/29/2014 3:52:22 PM

Popular Answer

It is because that you have a null check in the where clause.



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