FIX: You receive a "Fatal error C1204: compiler limit: internal structure overflow" error message when you compile a file that contains many classes, functions, variables, and namespaces in Visual C++ .NET 2003

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SYMPTOMS

In Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003, when you compile a source file that contains many classes, functions, member variables, and namespaces, you may receive an error message that is similar to the following:
Fatal error C1204: compiler limit: internal structure overflow.

RESOLUTION

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

Prerequisites

Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other software hotfixes.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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
   ------------------------------------------------------
   15-Sep-2004  02:32  13.10.4253.0  1,966,080  Feacp.dll 
   14-Sep-2004  22:22                    5,342  Feacp.lib
   14-Sep-2004  22:15  13.10.4253.0  2,203,648  c1xx.dll
   14-Sep-2004  22:15  13.10.4253.0    937,984  C1.dll

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, you must split the source file into smaller files.

STATUS

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

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information, 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

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Article ID: 883655 - Last Review: May 15, 2006 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003 Standard Edition
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