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Query Timeout Options

c-treeACE SQL supports a timeout option for an executing query. This feature can ensure that an unintended query statement does not consume excessive processing time.

With c-treeACE ODBC you can set the query timeout value for the statement with the SQLSetStmtAttr() c-treeACE ODBC API function and the SQL_ATTR_QUERY_TIMEOUT parameter set to the number of seconds to wait for the query to execute before returning to the application. A value of 0 indicates no timeout value, which is also the default. The following example code will set a query timeout value of five seconds for the referenced statement handle.

ODBC Example

/* Set the Query timeout to 5 seconds */

SQLSetStmtAttr(hstmt, (void*)SQL_ATTR_QUERY_TIMEOUT, 5, 0);

Using ODBC through ADO.NET, you can specify the OdbcConnection.CommandTimeout property to set a query timeout value on an ODBC statement as demonstrated with the following syntax.

ODBC via ADO.NET Example

OdbcConnection myConnection = new OdbcConnection();

myConnection.ConnectionString = "DSN=c-treeSQL ODBC Database";


OdbcCommand oc = new OdbcCommand("SELECT TOP 50000 FROM my_big_table WHERE this < that AND this_string = 'that_string' ORDER BY foo”, myConnection);

// Set a query timeout of 5 seconds.

oc.CommandTimeout = 5;





catch (Exception ex)


// Log some error