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Add-in stops working with no apparent error

Question asked by stefda on Jun 9, 2015
Latest reply on Jun 13, 2015 by stefda

I am developing a simple add-in that will trigger an action after user selects features on the map. The action will essentially make sure a dockable window is open and in that window display information about the selected features.


I have implemented a simple function that loops over selected features using IEnumFeature and collects their OIDs. To make sure the OIDs are present for all features in the selection, I set the IEnumFeatureSetup.AllFields = true.


Now to the problem. After I've selected a number features several times (regardless of what features or how many I select), the SelectionChanged event stops from being fired. It appears as if the add-in has crashed, but no error message is displayed. This happens both in debug and production. If I try to restart the add-in by de-selecting it in the Customise->Extensions menu, I can no longer select it back. However, ArcMap works fine otherwise. To make the add-in work again I must restart ArcMap.


I have done some naive memory usage inspection using Task Manager. Memory usage raises as I keep re-selecting features. Is this a memory leak? I am releasing the IEnum reference so this should, at least in theory, not be a problem.


The features are pulled from a file geodatabase. They have 5 short text fields each and there is around 1300 of them. The more features I select at once, the sooner the add-in stops working (e.g. if I select all of the features in the map at once, the SelectionChanged event won't be fired again).


I am developing in Arcobjects 10.1 SDK with Visual Studio 10 for C# Express using .NET 3.5. I cannot upgrade nor can I use .NET 4.0 due to client constraints. The add-in is being tested in ArcMap 10.1.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Text;
using System.IO;
using System.Collections;
using ESRI.ArcGIS.Framework;
using ESRI.ArcGIS.esriSystem;
using ESRI.ArcGIS.Carto;
using ESRI.ArcGIS.Desktop.AddIns;
using ESRI.ArcGIS.Geodatabase;
using ESRI.ArcGIS.Geometry;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

namespace DfT.Maritime.DeepPort {

    public class DeepPortExtension: ESRI.ArcGIS.Desktop.AddIns.Extension {

        private static IActiveViewEvents_Event ViewEvents {
            get { return ArcMap.Document.ActiveView as IActiveViewEvents_Event; }

        public DeepPortExtension() {

        protected override void OnStartup() {

        protected override bool OnSetState(ExtensionState state) {
            return base.OnSetState(state);

        private void Init() {
            if (ArcMap.Document.ActiveView.IsActive()) {
            } else {
                ArcMap.Events.OpenDocument += delegate() {
                ArcMap.Events.NewDocument += delegate() {

        private void InitAddin() {
            // Bind selection changed handler
            ViewEvents.SelectionChanged += SelectionChanged_Handler;

        private void SelectionChanged_Handler() {

            ISelection selection = ArcMap.Document.FocusMap.FeatureSelection;
            IEnumFeature featuresEnum = (IEnumFeature)selection;
            IEnumFeatureSetup featureSetup = (IEnumFeatureSetup)selection;

            featureSetup.AllFields = true;

            string message = "";
            IFeature feature;

            while ((feature = featuresEnum.Next()) != null) {
                int fldID = feature.Fields.FindField("locode");
                message += feature.get_Value(fldID).ToString() + ",";



Please help, this has been bugging me for the good part of the last week!