Failure Rollback

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Back to the nuts and bolts of the Revit API, here is a case brought up and eventually solved by Mario Guttman of Perkins+Will:

Roll Back Failure Suppressing all Messages, both Warnings and Errors

Question: I am trying to implement a failure handler that will silently respond to all warnings. I am happy to roll back the transaction or delete the elements but I can't seem to get rid of the dialogue box with failures other than warnings.

Answer: I figured it out.

In case anyone is interested, I needed an additional statement in the FailureHandler class:

  return FailureProcessingResult

I also needed another statement with the transaction start:

    .SetClearAfterRollback( true );

Here is a more complete description and solution:

I'm running a program that creates a lot of new Revit elements. The process may fail in the middle for some reason. I don't want the user to have to respond to a dialogue each time; I just want the program to keep going with the next element.

Specifically, if it is a warning, I want to ignore it, and if it is any other kind of error, I want to cancel creating that element and continue with the next one.

I do want to record the errors so I can inform the user at the end about what problems were encountered.

I looked at your posting on the Failure API about how to handle failure messages, and also the Revit 2012 API Developer Guide and sample code, but didn't quite find what I was looking for.

I finally figured it out and thought you might like to share this:

To begin with, you need to create a FailureHandler class; mine looks like this:

public class FailureHandler : IFailuresPreprocessor
  public string ErrorMessage { set; get; }
  public string ErrorSeverity { set; get; }
  public FailureHandler()
    ErrorMessage = "";
    ErrorSeverity = "";
  public FailureProcessingResult PreprocessFailures( 
    FailuresAccessor failuresAccessor )
    IList<FailureMessageAccessor> failureMessages 
      = failuresAccessor.GetFailureMessages();
    foreach( FailureMessageAccessor 
      failureMessageAccessor in failureMessages )
      // We're just deleting all of the warning level 
      // failures and rolling back any others
      FailureDefinitionId id = failureMessageAccessor
        ErrorMessage = failureMessageAccessor
        ErrorMessage = "Unknown Error";
        FailureSeverity failureSeverity 
          = failureMessageAccessor.GetSeverity();
        ErrorSeverity = failureSeverity.ToString();
        if( failureSeverity == FailureSeverity.Warning )
            failureMessageAccessor );
          return FailureProcessingResult
    return FailureProcessingResult.Continue;

Then, in the body of the main program you need something like:

  Transaction transaction = new Transaction( doc );
  FailureHandlingOptions failureHandlingOptions 
    = transaction.GetFailureHandlingOptions();
  FailureHandler failureHandler 
    = new FailureHandler();
    failureHandler );
    true );
    failureHandlingOptions );
  transaction.Start( "Transaction Name" );
  // Do something here that causes the error
  // The following is just illustrative. 
  // In reality we would collect the errors 
  // to show later.
  if( failureHandler.ErrorMessage != "" )
      failureHandler.ErrorSeverity + " || "
      + failureHandler.ErrorMessage );

Many thanks to Mario for all his research and friendly sharing!