Today I ran an Entity Framework migration, which resulted in an exception. Unfortunately, because I am connecting to a Postgres database instance using Npgsql I get the following error instead of the actual exception.
Type is not resolved for member ‘Npgsql.NpgsqlException,Npgsql, Version=220.127.116.11, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=5d8b90d52f46fda7’.
To fix this and see the actual exception I had to add the Npgsql.dll assembly into the GAC (C:\Windows\assembly). However I received yet another error after doing this.
Failed to find or load the registered .Net Framework Data Provider.
This confused me for a little bit, until I realised that it meant that the assembly was most likely missing from the bin directory of my project. Sure enough I looked there and it was gone. Adding it back there fixed the second error and I finally got to see the real exception.
It’s been a while since I’ve had problems caused by the GAC, not since working with custom SSIS components.