FIX: OutOfMemoryException Occurs When You Access Non-Fixed Size Safe Arrays in a User-Defined Type

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The following error message occurs when you invoke a method on a Component Object Model (COM) object that returns a user-defined type that contains a Safe array (non-fixed size):
An unhandled exception of type 'System.OutOfMemoryException' occurred in ApplicationName.exe

Additional information: Not enough storage is available to complete this operation.


This behavior occurs because the .NET Framework cannot marshal a structure field with a Safe array (non-fixed size) type.


This bug was corrected in .NET Framework (2003|1.1).

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Steps to Reproduce the Behavior

  1. Create an ActiveX DLL project in Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0. Paste the following code in the default class module, Class1 (Class1.cls):
    Public Type Test
        l As Long
        x() As Integer
    End Type
    Public Function Func() As Test
        Dim t As Test
        t.l = 100
        Func = t
    End Function
  2. Make Project1.dll.
  3. Open Microsoft Visual Studio. NET and then create a Windows Application project in Visual Basic .NET.
  4. Add a reference to Project1.dll.
  5. Add a Button control to Form1.
  6. Copy and then paste the following code after the Windows Form Designer generated code region:
        Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
            Dim c As New Project1.Class1()
        End Sub
  7. Compile and then run the application. Click the button.


For more information about interop marshaling, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Interop Marshaling


Article ID: 327107 - Last Review: January 17, 2015 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0
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