Resolving CVT1100

by Codewiz51 8. January 2012 09:19

If you work with message files in your C++ project, you may have encountered the following error:

CVTRES : fatal error CVT1100: duplicate resource -- type:MESSAGETABLE, name:1, language:0x0409
fatal error LNK1123: failure during conversion to COFF: file invalid or corrupt

I wrestled with this error recently, and for nearly 12 hours, it drove me crazy.  There is a lot of speculation on the internet regarding this error, with lots of "try this or that"

Here is a concrete solution to my problem:

  • I had included the message.rc file in my C++ project, along with the project's .rc file.
  • The message.rc file is also listed as an included resource in the project's .rc file.
  • Solution: Remove the message.rc file from your project, but leave it as an included resource in your project's .rc file.
  • Reason: The resource compiler dutifully includes the message.rc.  The linker then dutifully tries to link in the compiled message.res file included in the project; ergo, duplicate resource!
  • If you are going to include the message.rc as a resource in another .rc file, then you should not add message.rc to your solution.

Put this down as a hard lesson learned.  How hope my experience aids another developer.

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