Vb.net – Collection was modified; enumeration operation may not execute


I cannot get to the bottom of this error because it happens only in one instance, and I can't find any code that can be the cause of the error.

I have a 3.5 web service that I'm calling from a multi-threaded, CAB client. I have a bunch of unit tests against the web service (from both 3.5 and 2.0 code), and it works fine. However, in the actual application, it doesn't work 90% of the time and, the remaining 10% of the time, it decides to work.

The code:

Friend Function ExecuteSearch(ByVal query As String) As List(Of SomeObject)
    Dim searchResults As List(of Object) = _searcher.UserSearch(query)
    Return searchResults
End Function 

// In Searcher
Public Function UserSearch(ByVal query As String) As List(Of SomeObject)
    Return Translate(Search.GetResults(query))
End Function

// In Search
Public Function GetResults(ByVal query As String) As List(Of SomeObject)
    Dim service As New FinderService.FinderService()
    Dim results As New List(Of String)
    Dim serviceResults As IEnumerable(Of String) = service.Search(query)    // <-- ERRORS OUT HERE 


    Return results
End Function

// In the service
Public Function Search(ByVal query As String) As IEnumerable(Of String)
        Initialize() // Initializes the _accounts variable
        Dim results As New List(of String)
        For Each account As User In _accounts
            If a bunch of conditions Then
            End IF 
        End For 

        Return results 
End Function 

The breakpoints hit these codes (in this order). The line that errors out is in the "GetResults" method.

Any help would be appreciated.

Best Solution

Ah, the Heisenbugs :D

Apparently _accounts get modified during the loop. You can alleviate it by doing

For Each account As User In _accounts.ToList()

so a copy of current _accounts is created and enumerated and not the actual collection that might change

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