C# – Pumping Windows Messages During Long Operation

c++message-pump

I'm getting the following message on a big operation that I'm running:

The CLR has been unable to transition
from COM context 0x1fe458 to COM
context 0x1fe5c8 for 60 seconds. The
thread that owns the destination
context/apartment is most likely
either doing a non pumping wait or
processing a very long running
operation without pumping Windows
messages. This situation generally has
a negative performance impact and may
even lead to the application becoming
non responsive or memory usage
accumulating continually over time. To
avoid this problem, all single
threaded apartment (STA) threads
should use pumping wait primitives
(such as CoWaitForMultipleHandles) and
routinely pump messages during long
running operations.

How do I send windows messages so that this error will no longer occur on long operations?

Best Solution

It's unclear exactly what the context is - are you performing some long-running task on the UI thread of a WinForms or WPF app? If so, don't do that - use BackgroundWorker, or run the task on the thread pool or a new thread directly (possibly using Control.Invoke/BeginInvoke or Dispatcher if you need to update the UI). If your big operation uses the COM component which is complaining, it'll be harder...