FIX: "A severe error occurred on the current command" error message when you use the Freetexttable or the Containstable function on an indexed view in a CTE query in SQL Server 2008 or in SQL Server 2008 R2

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Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release.
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SYMPTOMS

Assume that you have a named instance in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 installed on a server. When you run a Common Table Expression (CTE) query that uses the Freetexttable or Containstable function on an indexed view, the CTE query fails, and an access violation exception occurs. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

Msg 0, Level 11, State 0, Line 0
A severe error occurred on the current command. The results, if any, should be discarded.

For example, the access violation exception occurs when you run the following code:
WITH CTE AS (select [Key] as Key, [Rank] from FREETEXTTABLE(<indexed view name>, *, '<search string>')) SELECT * FROM CTE 

RESOLUTION

Cumulative update information

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. For more information about this cumulative update package, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2527180 Cumulative update package 4 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 fix release. Microsoft recommends that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2402659 The SQL Server 2008 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 was released
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 hotfixes are created for specific SQL Server service packs. You must apply a SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 hotfix to an installation of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. By default, any hotfix that is provided in a SQL Server service pack is included in the next SQL Server service pack.

SQL Server 2008 R2

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 4. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 R2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2345451 Cumulative Update package 4 for SQL Server 2008 R2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2008 R2 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
981356 The SQL Server 2008 R2 builds that were released after SQL Server 2008 R2 was released

WORKAROUND

To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:
  • Use a view, a temporary table, or a table variable instead of a CTE to store the intermediate results.
  • Update the query to use a derived table or a sub-query. This eliminates the need to use a CTE.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

REFERENCES

For more information about how to use common table expressions, visit the following Microsoft website:
How to use common table expressions
For more information about the Freetexttable (Transact-SQL) function, visit the following Microsoft website:
FREETEXTTABLE (Transact-SQL)
For more information about the Containstable (Transact-SQL) function, visit the following Microsoft website:
CONTAINSTABLE (Transact-SQL)
For more information about how to create indexed views, visit the following Microsoft website:
How to create indexed views

For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499 New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Properties

Article ID: 2421014 - Last Review: May 16, 2011 - Revision: 5.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard
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