Error: Segmentation Violation

Error Message

Segmentation Violation errors occur under various circumstances and can be caused by several factors. This document addresses the most common cases and provides solutions when available.


Segmentation Violation errors occur when ArcView attempts to access a memory address for which it doesn't have permission, such as a memory process space or read-only section of memory.

Because similar memory related errors may occur under different circumstances, the initial causes and their solutions may be the same.

Solution or Workaround

The solutions offered in this article refer to resolving segmentation violations after they occur. However, the most effective strategy against these errors is prevention. See the Related Information section.
The instructions below include making changes to essential parts of your operating system. It is recommended that you backup your operating system and files, including the registry, before proceeding. Consult with a qualified computer systems professional, if necessary.

Esri cannot guarantee results from incorrect modifications while following these instructions; therefore, use caution and proceed at your own risk.

The following are conditions in ArcView under which may encounter a Segmentation Violation error. When possible, solutions are provided:

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