FIX: A Transact-SQL query that uses views may fail unexpectedly in SQL Server 2000 SP3

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Article ID: 828269 - View products that this article applies to.
For a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2 version of this article, see 818406.
Bug #: 469157 (SQL Server 8.0)
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SYMPTOMS

When you run a Transact-SQL statement that references many views, the Transact-SQL statement may fail, and you receive the following error message:

"Server: Msg 4414, Level 16, State 1, Line 1 Could not allocate ancillary table for view or function resolution. The maximum number of tables in a query (256) was exceeded."

RESOLUTION

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290211 How to obtain the latest SQL Server 2000 service pack

Hotfix information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name
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   26-Feb-2003  03:41  2000.80.777.0     29,244  Dbmslpcn.dll
   08-Feb-2003  05:43                   786,432  Distmdl.ldf
   08-Feb-2003  05:43                 2,359,296  Distmdl.mdf
   30-Jan-2003  01:55                       180  Drop_repl_hotfix.sql
   01-Feb-2003  00:32  2000.80.763.0  1,557,052  Dtsui.dll
   30-Jan-2003  05:18                   746,470  Instdist.sql
   30-Jan-2003  01:55                     1,402  Inst_repl_hotfix.sql
   08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0     90,692  Msgprox.dll
   01-Apr-2003  02:07                     1,873  Odsole.sql
   05-Apr-2003  01:46  2000.80.800.0     62,024  Odsole70.dll
   02-Apr-2003  21:48  2000.80.796.0     57,904  Osql.exe
   02-Apr-2003  23:15  2000.80.797.0    279,104  Pfutil80.dll
   04-Apr-2003  21:27                 1,083,467  Replmerg.sql
   04-Apr-2003  21:53  2000.80.798.0    221,768  Replprov.dll
   08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0    307,784  Replrec.dll
   01-Apr-2003  02:23                 1,084,828  Replsys.sql
   24-Apr-2003  23:47                       736  Shortcut to files.lnk
   03-Apr-2003  18:14                   104,868  Sp3_serv_uni.sql
   19-Mar-2003  18:20  2000.80.789.0     28,672  Sqlevn70.rll
   28-Feb-2003  01:34  2000.80.778.0    176,696  Sqlmap70.dll
   08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0     57,920  Sqlrepss.dll
   05-Apr-2003  01:47  2000.80.800.0  7,540,817  Sqlservr.exe
   08-Feb-2003  06:40  2000.80.765.0     45,644  Sqlvdi.dll
   26-Feb-2003  03:41  2000.80.777.0     29,244  Ssmslpcn.dll
   26-Feb-2003  03:41  2000.80.777.0     82,492  Ssnetlib.dll
   17-Mar-2003  14:49                   727,132  Sysmessages.sym
   28-Feb-2003  01:34  2000.80.778.0     98,872  Xpweb70.dll
				
Note Because of file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains these files may also contain additional files.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.This problem was first corrected in Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4.

MORE INFORMATION

The maximum number of tables that can be referred in a SELECT Transact-SQL statement is 256. This limit is documented under the "Maximum Capacity Specifications" section of the SQL Server Books Online. This limit includes views and the tables that are referenced in the SELECT statement. Also, the limit includes the tables and the views that are referenced by a view that is included in the query. Therefore, if a table or a view is referenced more than one time in the query, each reference to the table or the view (or the tables and views that are referenced in the view) counts against this limit.

With this fix, the maximum limit of the number of tables or views that are referenced in the query is increased to 260. Therefore, you may still receive the error message that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section of this article. If you still receive the "Msg 4414" error message, you may have to break up the query so that a lower number of tables or views are referenced in the query. You may change the view definition that is referenced in the problematic query to lower the number of tables that are referenced in the view.

REFERENCES

For additional information about a SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 2 version of this hotfix, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
818406 FIX: A Transact-SQL query that uses views may fail unexpectedly in SQL Server 2000 S

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Article ID: 828269 - Last Review: March 10, 2005 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3
Keywords: 
kbbug kbfix kbqfe kbsqlserv2000presp4fix KB828269

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