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FIX: Error message when you build a project that has a very large function in Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1: "C1063: compiler limit: compiler stack overflow Internal Compiler Error"

When you build a project that has a very large function in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you receive the following error message:
C1063: compiler limit: compiler stack overflow Internal Compiler Error.
Additionally, the memory usage is unexpectedly high when this problem occurs.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only 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 Visual Studio 2005 service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site: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.


You must have Visual Studio 2005 SP1 installed to apply this hotfix.

Restart information

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

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

File information

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 item in Control Panel.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
C2.dll14.0.50727. 40252,273,28023-Mar-200920:49x86
Pgort.libNot applicable20,45623-Mar-200920:47x86
Pgort.libNot applicable36,37224-Mar-200901:12IA-64
Pgort.libNot applicable19,45824-Mar-200901:13x64
To work around this problem, simplify the very large function by dividing it into multiple code files.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Note After you apply this hotfix, the optimization feature is turned off when you build a project that has a very large and complex method.

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

Article ID: 967706 - Last Review: 10/07/2011 22:44:00 - Revision: 2.0

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