As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, Entity Framework (EF) Core does not have built-in support for table-level locking on read. Table-level locking is typically handled by the underlying database management system, and EF Core doesn't expose specific functionality for managing locking at that level.

However, you can implement a custom solution by executing raw SQL queries to apply the locking mechanism. Different database providers have their own specific SQL syntax for locking tables. For example, using SQL Server, you can use TABLOCKX to acquire an exclusive lock on the entire table.

Here's an example of how you can execute a raw SQL query with EF Core to lock a table in SQL Server:

using Microsoft.EntityFrameworkCore; using System.Linq; // Assuming you have your DbContext instance as 'dbContext' // Lock the table for reading dbContext.Database.ExecuteSqlRaw("SELECT * FROM YourTableName WITH (TABLOCKX)"); // Perform your read operation using EF Core var data = dbContext.YourTableName.ToList();

Please note that table-level locks can significantly impact the performance and concurrency of your application, and they should be used judiciously. Locking entire tables for reading can lead to contention and hinder the scalability of your application.

If your scenario requires precise and fine-grained locking, you might need to explore more advanced concurrency control mechanisms like row-level locking or using isolation levels provided by the database system.

Keep in mind that EF Core might have evolved since my last update, so I recommend referring to the official documentation or the latest EF Core source code to check for any updates or new features related to locking.

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