Introducing FOREIGN KEY constraint may cause cycles or multiple cascade paths – why?

Because Stage is required, all one-to-many relationships where Stage is involved will have cascading delete enabled by default. It means, if you delete a Stage entity

  • the delete will cascade directly to Side
  • the delete will cascade directly to Card and because Card and Side have a required one-to-many relationship with cascading delete enabled by default again it will then cascade from Card to Side

So, you have two cascading delete paths from Stage to Side – which causes the exception.

You must either make the Stage optional in at least one of the entities (i.e. remove the [Required] attribute from the Stage properties) or disable cascading delete with Fluent API (not possible with data annotations):

    .HasRequired(c => c.Stage)

    .HasRequired(s => s.Stage)

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