Wcf – The maximum string content length quota (8192) has been exceeded while reading XML data

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I'm trying to pass a large string (24,000 to 50,000 characters) to a self-hosted TCP WCF service.

I've upped the maxStringContentLength (everywhere) to 22008192.

I read somewhere that I need to change the bindingConfiguration to "LargeBuffer" or "LongFields" but when I do this:

<endpoint address="" binding="netTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration="LongFields"
  contract="ExStreamWCF.IService1">

or this:

<endpoint address="" binding="netTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration="LargeBuffer"
  contract="ExStreamWCF.IService1">

My service won't start. I really need this error to go away. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Jason

PS — config file from the tcp service on the server:

<system.serviceModel>
<services>
  <service behaviorConfiguration="ExStreamWCF.Service1Behavior"
    name="ExStreamWCF.Service1">
    <endpoint address="" binding="netTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration=""
      contract="ExStreamWCF.IService1">
      <identity>
        <dns value="Devexstream-2.anchorgeneral.local" />
        <!--<dns value="vmwin2k3sta-tn2" />-->
      </identity>
    </endpoint>
    <endpoint address="mex" binding="mexTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration=""
      contract="IMetadataExchange" />
    <host>
      <baseAddresses>
        <add baseAddress="net.tcp://Devexstream-2:8080/Service" />
        <!--<add baseAddress="net.tcp://vmwin2k3sta-tn2:8080/Service" />-->
      </baseAddresses>
    </host>
  </service>
</services>
<behaviors>
  <serviceBehaviors>
    <behavior name="ExStreamWCF.Service1Behavior">
      <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="false" />
      <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true" />
    </behavior>
  </serviceBehaviors>
</behaviors>

EDIT: Bindings as requested

    <system.serviceModel>
    <bindings>
<netTcpBinding>
<binding name="NetTcpBinding_IService1" closeTimeout="00:01:00"
 openTimeout="00:01:00" receiveTimeout="00:10:00" sendTimeout="00:01:00"
 transactionFlow="false" transferMode="Buffered" transactionProtocol="OleTransactions"
 hostNameComparisonMode="StrongWildcard" listenBacklog="10" maxBufferPoolSize="524288"
 maxBufferSize="2565536" maxConnections="10" maxReceivedMessageSize="2565536">
 <readerQuotas maxDepth="22008192" maxStringContentLength="22008192" maxArrayLength="2516384"
  maxBytesPerRead="22008192" maxNameTableCharCount="22008192" />
 <reliableSession ordered="true" inactivityTimeout="00:10:00"
  enabled="false" />
 <security mode="Transport">
  <transport clientCredentialType="Windows" protectionLevel="EncryptAndSign" />
  <message clientCredentialType="Windows" />
 </security>
</binding>

</netTcpBinding>
</bindings>

Client Endpoints:

<client>
<endpoint address="net.tcp://devexstream-2:8080/Service" binding="netTcpBinding"
bindingConfiguration="NetTcpBinding_IService1" contract="TCPService.IService1"
         name="NetTcpBinding_IService1">
<identity>
 <servicePrincipalName value="TCPService\Devexstream-2" />
 <dns value="Devexstream-2.anchorgeneral.local" />
</identity>
</endpoint>

I've edited the service (as follows), but now the service won't start. The new app.config:

<system.serviceModel>
<bindings>
  <netTcpBinding>
    <binding name="ExStreamWCFBinding" closeTimeout="00:00:05" openTimeout="00:00:05" receiveTimeout="00:00:05" sendTimeout="00:00:05" transferMode="Buffered" transactionProtocol="OleTransactions" hostNameComparison="StrongWildCard" maxBufferPoolSize="524288" maxBufferSize="524288" maxConnections="10" maxReceivedMessageSize="5242880">
      <readerQuotas maxDepth="32" maxStringContentLength="5242880" maxArrayLength="16384" maxBytesPerRead="4096" maxNameTableCharCount="16384" />
    </binding>
  </netTcpBinding>
</bindings>
<services>
  <service behaviorConfiguration="ExStreamWCF.Service1Behavior"
    name="ExStreamWCF.Service1">
    <endpoint address="" binding="netTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration="ExStreamWCFBinding"
      contract="ExStreamWCF.IService1">
      <identity>
        <dns value="Devexstream-2.anchorgeneral.local" />
        <!--<dns value="vmwin2k3sta-tn2" />-->
      </identity>
    </endpoint>
    <endpoint address="mex" binding="mexTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration=""
      contract="IMetadataExchange" />
    <host>
      <baseAddresses>
        <add baseAddress="net.tcp://Devexstream-2:8080/Service" />
        <!--<add baseAddress="net.tcp://vmwin2k3sta-tn2:8080/Service" />-->
      </baseAddresses>
    </host>
  </service>
</services>
<behaviors>
  <serviceBehaviors>
    <behavior name="ExStreamWCF.Service1Behavior">
      <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="false" />
      <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true" />
    </behavior>
  </serviceBehaviors>
</behaviors>

Best Solution

The bindingConfiguration needs to have the name you assign to the netTcpinding element - "LargeBuffer" or "LongFields" won't mean anything unless there is a binding element in the config file with that name. That is why your service won't start when you put that in - you most likely got a configuration error message of some sort, I bet.

To override the default 8192 setting for maxStringContentLength do this:

  1. Create a Binding element in the config file that has the size you want for maxStringContentLength and give it a name in the name attribute.
  2. In the endpoint element, assign the name from step 1 above to the attribute bindingConfiguration.

If you don't specify a binding configuration for the endpoint, the service will use the default values.

For example, take your config file above. Under the tag, add the following binding configuration (note that your specific values and the optional attributes you use will vary depending on the needs of your service):

<bindings>
  <netTcpBinding>
    <binding name="ExStreamWCFBinding" closeTimeout="00:00:05" openTimeout="00:00:05" receiveTimeout="00:00:05" sendTimeout="00:00:05" transferMode="Buffered" transactionProtocol="OleTransactions" hostNameComparison="StrongWildCard" maxBufferPoolSize="524288" maxBufferSize="524288" maxConnections="10" maxReceivedMessageSize="5242880">
      <readerQuotas maxDepth="32" maxStringContentLength="5242880" maxArrayLength="16384" maxBytesPerRead="4096" maxNameTableCharCount="16384" />
    </binding>
  </netTcpBinding>
</bindings>

Then when you define the endpoint:

<endpoint address="" binding="netTcpBinding" bindingConfiguration="ExStreamWCFBinding" contract="ExStreamWCF.IService1"> 

EDITED TO ADD

Baed on your additional information, assing the bindingConfiguration attribute the value "NetTcpBinding_IService1" on the endpoint in your service.

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