Insufficient stack to continue executing the program safely. ASP.NET MVC 4


My search functionality seems to continue in a infinite loop, everytime my debug hits the action below the POST actionresult gets fired.

In my Masterpage.cshtml I have following action:

 <li>@Html.Action("Search", "Search")</li>

This is the part that gets the error of following:

Insufficient stack to continue executing the program safely. This can happen from having too many functions on the call stack or function on the stack using too much stack space.

In my SearchController I have one get and post actionresult methods:

        public ActionResult Search()
            return PartialView("SearchFormPartial");

This one returns a partial view that have following content:

@using (Ajax.BeginForm("Search", "Search", FormMethod.Post,
        new AjaxOptions
            InsertionMode = InsertionMode.Replace,
            HttpMethod = "POST"

    @Html.TextBox("query", "", new { @class = "search-query", @placeholder="Search news...", @spellcheck="false"})
    <input type="submit" value="Search" />

Its basicly a form with the textbox and submit button.

This is the http post actionresult:


    public ActionResult Search(string query)
        if (query != null)

                var searchlist = rep.Search(query);

                var model = new ItemViewModel()
                    NewsList = new List<NewsViewModel>()

                foreach (var NewsItems in searchlist)
                    FillProductToModel(model, NewsItems);

                return View("Searchresults", model);
            catch (Exception e)
                // handle exception
        return View("Error");


It returns a view with a viewmodel that contains the items that matched the query.

When I debug it everything works perfectly but everything seems to be repeated infinitly.

The view for the Searchresult looks like this:

@model Namespace.ViewModels.ItemViewModel
@if (Model.NewsList.Count == 0)
    <h3 class="text-error">No items matched your search query!</h3>
    foreach (var result in Model.NewsList)
        // display search results

What is exacly going wrong here that cause this infinite loop? and how can I fix it?

In the stack trace I found these exceptions

[HttpException (0x80004005): Error executing child request for handler


this exception seems getting repeated

asked on Stack Overflow May 20, 2013 by Obsivus • edited May 20, 2013 by Obsivus

4 Answers


Html.Action in master page calls the Search method with a POST request, so the framework won't call the action that returns the partial view but the other that returns a ViewResult with the master page. Same thing will happen again and you will be making recursive calls.

Simplest solution would be to rename the Search action that responds to POST request. Also make sure your form posts to this action but keep the same Html.Action call.

It seems like framework will still try to find the action that can respond to a POST request. Removing HttpGet attribute from Search action will solve this problem.

answered on Stack Overflow May 20, 2013 by Ufuk Hacıoğulları • edited May 20, 2013 by Ufuk Hacıoğulları

Its not seeing the your Partial view as a 'Partial View'. I had exactly the same problem but adding @{ Layout = null; } to the view ensures that the view is not seen as a normal view which loads the _Layout view.

answered on Stack Overflow Sep 10, 2014 by Gabriel

My issue is that I added a new view through visual studio and it added a _ViewStart.cshtml page that had a layout which was causing recursion.

answered on Stack Overflow Oct 4, 2016 by Ben

The issue here is actually very simple - it should be

<li>@Url.Action("Search", "Search")</li>

instead of

<li>@Html.Action("Search", "Search")</li>

See Url vs Html - @Url will generate a string of a link, while @Html will try to generate the outcome of the action (which might lead to infinite loop)

answered on Stack Overflow Jan 28, 2020 by Grengas

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