PRB: Compiling a VB Project Generates "Fatal Error C1083"

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SYMPTOMS
Attempting to compile a Visual Basic project residing on a network thatonly supports 8.3 filenames may generate the following error:
"fatal error C1083: Cannot open compiler generated file:
'[path to file]\[projectname]1.OBJ': No such file or directory."
CAUSE
If there are N modules in a project, Visual Basic will create N + 1 objectfiles; one for each module and one for the project as a whole. The namesare derived from either the module name or, for the project, the EXE name.The name used is either "<basename>.obj" or "<basename><number>.obj." Anumber is added if the base names of the N + 1 files have naming conflicts(such as test.bas and test.frm).

Therefore, even if the project name may be fewer than 8 characters, theVisual Basic compiler/linker generates object files with the name<projectname>1.OBJ when a conflict is detected, resulting in 9-characterfilenames.

In a network environment that does not support long filenames, such as aNovell network, the above error will occur.
RESOLUTION
Create shorter names for your form, module, and project so that if a nameconflict occurs, the appended number will not violate the short filenamerequirement of your network environment.
STATUS
This behavior is by design.
REFERENCES
For additional information, please see the following articles in theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
152789 : HOWTO: Install Visual Basic to a Network Using 8.3 File Names

191902 : PRB: Errors Using Setup Wizard on Novell Network
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Article ID: 193000 - Last Review: 02/28/2014 04:16:58 - Revision: 3.0

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