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Constucting a struct variable in c++

Given a function such as one below

 void Func( UStruct* Struct );

How can I construct a struct from the UStruct passed in as parameter? The struct will be passed in from Blueprint.

Edit : I am trying to construct a struct in the scope of the function as though I am creating a new object, for example, calling

 NewObject<SomeObjectClass>( nullptr )

However, even though UStruct is derived from UObject, I cannot use NewObject() to construct a new struct based on the UStruct* param.

Product Version: UE 4.17
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asked Sep 28 '17 at 10:19 AM in C++ Programming

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Take a look at FStructOnScope. This handles creating and initialising a struct instance from a UStruct.

If you need the struct instance to outlive your current scope then you'll either have to put FStructOnScope into a smart pointer, or copy what it does internally and make it work for what you need.

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answered Sep 28 '17 at 02:15 PM

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avatar image WeiLiang Sep 28 '17 at 04:29 PM

Thanks for the prompt reply! Looking at the documentation of FStructOnScope, I do not understand how to access the properties in the struct instance. Is it right of me to assume hat SampleStructMemory is the struct instance? If so, how can I access the properties in the struct instance?

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The UStruct defines the properties on the struct, and you can use that information to modify the correct memory within the struct instance. FStructOnScope::GetStruct() can get you the UStruct it was created with, and FStructOnScope::GetStructMemory() will get you the instance data.

You're dealing with completely type-erased data, so you're reliant on the properties to let you interpret it correctly. See UProperty::ContainerPtrToValuePtr, along with the various forms of ExportText and ImportText that are on UProperty. Property sub-classes also often have extra functions to let you more easily deal with the type of data that the property represents.

You can use TFieldIterator<UProperty> to iterate all the properties on a struct.

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I am not sure what you are asking, but I'll give it a try.
Are you trying to define a new UStruct? Or you have one already?

If you are trying to define a ustruct then on on your .h file add a definition like so:

 struct FMyUStruct
     int32 MyInt;

then you will have to pass a variable like this to your function:

 FMyStruct myStruct;

but the definition must be as follows:

      void Func( FMyStruct& Struct ); 
     // notice I am using a reference because 
     // pointers to structs are not supported in blueprint

Now, if the function is hardcoded and you already have the struct you should try to cast your pointer:


but I am not sure that would work. Also you can try a reinterpret_cast()

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answered Sep 28 '17 at 11:29 AM

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avatar image WeiLiang Sep 28 '17 at 04:11 PM

I want to keep my function generic. Thanks for trying though :)

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