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[Closed] How can I convert a UObject to a derived type in a Factory Reimport?

I've made a new UObject type, UCustomMaterialInstanceConstant, that inherits from UMaterialInstanceConstant. I have also set up a UFactory and implemented the IReimportHandler interface to create these classes on import and reimports of a custom file extension. The system works until I need to import a new Custom material instance into a content browser location where a vanilla material instance lives. I'd like to have the (re)importer automatically convert the UMaterialInstanceConstant to my new class type. I have not been able to figure out how to do this. Currently, I"m attempting to do the conversion step with the following code.

 EReimportResult::Type UCustomMaterialInfoFactory::Reimport( UObject* Obj)
     auto Result = EReimportResult::Failed;
     if (auto CustomMatConst = Cast(Obj))
             // Do regular FactoryCreateText() behavior here...
             result = EReimportResult::Success;
     // Support upgrading vanilla mat instances to custom mat instances
     else if (auto MatConst = Cast(Obj))
              // What do I do here?
     return Result;

I've attempted the conversion by:

  1. Deleting the old asset and creating a new asset of the correct type in its same package path.

  2. Creating the new custom type asset and performing a ConsolidateObjects() to collapse the old asset onto then ew one.

  3. Creating a transient asset of the new custom type, deleting the old asset, and calling DuplciateSingle onto the old asset's package path.

Ultimately, none of these options have been successful because the calling function of UFactory::Reimport(UObject* Obj) always interacts with Obj afterwards. Deleting or mishandling the UObject in any way causes a fatal crash as soon as Reimport() finishes. What are my options here? Should I be approaching this from a different way?

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asked Feb 07 '17 at 09:56 PM in C++ Programming

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The question has been closed Feb 07 '17 at 10:01 PM by AndrewHurley for the following reason:

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Hi Eric,

Do I understand correctly you're trying to replace these classes in an existing asset? If so you should look at ActiveClassRedirects in DefaultEngine.ini (look for examples in BaseEngine.ini). This will allow you to replace classes when the asset is being loaded.

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Correct, I am trying to replace existing assets. This is an interesting solution. I tried adding this line to my DefaultEngine.ini and the editor wouldn't start.


It's worth noting that my CustomMaterialInstanceConstant class is defined in a plugin and might not be available during the class redirect phase. Can you confirm this?

I'm also not interested in replacing every instance of the class with my own. I'd prefer to keep it on-demand and not make a global change to assets across the project. Are there other solutions?

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Oh, yeah, if you try and replace a low level class like this everywhere it's not going to work. I think commandlets would be best to achieve this. I'd make a new commandlet that loads only the package file summary of each package inside of the specified folder and if it contains the class you want to replace, replace it in the linker table just like LinkerLoad code would do it and load the rest of the package and resave it. PkgInfo commandlet is a good place to start - it can load the package file summary and linker tables as a separate step.

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