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Removing a broken asset reference

I have a blueprint that I was working on. I've added this asset into my map, and have saved it several times. After an unexpected crash, something went wrong where this asset no longer appeared. Since it would've been easier to recreate this asset rather than figuring out how to fix it, I simply removed it from my project and created a new one.

This broke the reference in my map. If I manually delete the file from disk, my map load spits out an error that it can't be found (which is reasonable). But if I don't do that, then it spits out errors stating that the blueprint itself has component errors...

Now, this wouldn't be a big deal if the blueprint was actually accessible in any way, but it isn't. I can't open it, I can't edit it, I don't see any redirectors for it (and force-fixing them does nothing), it's not found in the scene outliner anymore, and it doesn't even show up anywhere in my content browser. If I open up my map in the reference viewer, I can see my blueprint being referenced, but there doesn't appear to be any way to remove it without completely starting over with a new map.

I'd like to avoid starting over... So what can I do to fix this?

Product Version: UE 4.11
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asked May 07 '16 at 11:53 PM in Bug Reports

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avatar image MichaelWion May 09 '16 at 05:54 AM

Nobody knows how I can fix this? ='(

avatar image Sean L ♦♦ STAFF May 09 '16 at 03:37 PM

Hello,

Have you tried right-clicking the content folder in the Content Browser and selecting the Fix Up Redirectors in This Folder option?

avatar image Sean L ♦♦ STAFF May 13 '16 at 04:57 PM

Hello,

I am marking this topic as resolved for tracking purposes, as we have not heard from you in a few days. If this issue persists, feel free to respond to this thread. For any new issues, please create a new Answerhub topic.

Have a great day

avatar image Mootjuh Aug 31 '16 at 11:24 PM

I do still have this issue. I have an old reference and I can't seem to get rid of it. I am using 4.12

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avatar image Sean L ♦♦ STAFF Sep 01 '16 at 01:46 PM

Hey Mootjuh,

Have you tried right-clicking the content folder in the Content Browser and selecting the Fix Up Redirectors in This Folder option?

Also, go into the blueprint and ensure that no extraneous references, including variables, remain to that asset.

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I tried, but the still remains. The issue is the redirector itself has been deleted entirely I think. What I had to do was do make a mock asset with the file path of the missing asset, delete that and replace it with the correct one and fix the redirector. It's kind of an out of the way solution though.

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answered Sep 01 '16 at 02:37 PM

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avatar image Sean L ♦♦ STAFF Sep 01 '16 at 02:48 PM

Interesting, I'm glad to hear that you've found a way to work around the issue. I'll look into this in the meantime.

Have a great day!

avatar image 6r0m Oct 31 '16 at 02:41 PM

fix up redirections not work - need feature for delete reference from reference viewer

avatar image DarthB Oct 17 '17 at 01:04 PM

same problem here

avatar image Tseno Jul 02 '17 at 04:51 AM

I have the same problem and "Fox up redirections" did not work, I used a model from turbosquid, imported it and then deleted it from outside the editor, now I get this alt text

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avatar image SuperfuntimesV Apr 08 '19 at 10:32 PM

This still happens, and it's happening to assets with bizarre filenames I clearly never created because this is a tiny, tiny little project. alt text

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avatar image SuperfuntimesV Apr 08 '19 at 10:32 PM

There are no files with these names and there never have been. There was also a very odd moment where my unreal system files etc showed up in the content window. I restarted UE and it went away.

My solution for now was to migrate to a new project. I can't wait until fix up redirectors works well, I'm tired of tip-toeing around Unreal hoping it's references won't break.

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I was looking for answer in different ask and found this https://answers.unrealengine.com/questions/569797/how-to-remove-asset-references-entirely-while-dele.html?sort=oldest

Try to run "Fix Up Redirectors in This Folder" and then right click on the asset in content browser and select "Save".

It worked for me in 4.22.2 :)

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answered Jul 04 '19 at 09:43 AM

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