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[4.20] Engine Crash on GC cleanup after stopped PIE

Hey there,

After upgrading to 4.20 i've discovered a crash that happens everytime.

Replication steps:

  • Create a new blueprint First Person Template project

  • Create a new Default level and save it

  • Add the FirstPersonExample map as a sub level and set the option Initially Loaded as true but leave the Initally Visible as false (if you set it to true it doesn't crash)

  • Run the game and as soon as you press ESC to stop it will crash when trying to clear the GC on UEditorEngine::EndPlayMap from the PlayLevel.cpp.

The overall crash is: Everytime you have a sub level with Initially Loaded set to true and Initially Visible set to false it will always crash on stop PIE.


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Fatal error: [File:D:\Build\++UE4\Sync\Engine\Source\Developer\MessageLog\Private\Model\MessageLogListingModel.cpp] [Line: 81] MetaData /Game/FirstPersonBP/Maps/UEDPIE_0_FirstPersonExampleMap.PackageMetaData Object from PIE level still referenced. Shortest path from root: MetaData /Game/FirstPersonBP/Maps/UEDPIE_0_FirstPersonExampleMap.PackageMetaData [target] (standalone)

UE4Editor_Core!FDebug::AssertFailed() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\core\private\misc\assertionmacros.cpp:425] UE4Editor_Core!FMsg::LogfImpl() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\core\private\logging\logmacros.cpp:64] UE4Editor_MessageLog!FMessageLogListingModel::AddMessageInternal() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\developer\messagelog\private\model\messageloglistingmodel.cpp:81] UE4Editor_MessageLog!FMessageLogListingViewModel::AddMessages() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\developer\messagelog\private\presentation\messageloglistingviewmodel.cpp:156] UE4Editor_Core!FMessageLog::Flush() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\core\private\logging\messagelog.cpp:198] UE4Editor_Core!FMessageLog::~FMessageLog() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\core\private\logging\messagelog.cpp:95] UE4Editor_UnrealEd!UEditorEngine::EndPlayMap() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\editor\unrealed\private\playlevel.cpp:490] UE4Editor_UnrealEd!UEditorEngine::Tick() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\editor\unrealed\private\editorengine.cpp:1957] UE4Editor_UnrealEd!UUnrealEdEngine::Tick() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\editor\unrealed\private\unrealedengine.cpp:403] UE4Editor!FEngineLoop::Tick() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\launch\private\launchengineloop.cpp:3495] UE4Editor!GuardedMain() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\launch\private\launch.cpp:166] UE4Editor!GuardedMainWrapper() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\launch\private\windows\launchwindows.cpp:144] UE4Editor!WinMain() [d:\build++ue4\sync\engine\source\runtime\launch\private\windows\launchwindows.cpp:223] UE4Editor!__scrt_common_main_seh() [f:\dd\vctools\crt\vcstartup\src\startup\exe_common.inl:283] kernel32 ntdll

Product Version: UE 4.20
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asked Jul 28 '18 at 03:51 PM in Bug Reports

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avatar image Jeff A ♦♦ STAFF Jul 30 '18 at 11:46 AM


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avatar image xlar8or Jul 30 '18 at 07:28 PM

I have submitted it, thanks :)

avatar image DanHollingsworth Dec 07 '18 at 09:28 PM

We are now seeing this as well after upgrading to 4.20.3

avatar image DanHollingsworth Dec 07 '18 at 09:29 PM

Any information on this? Or should I file a duplicate bug at the link above?

avatar image xlar8or Dec 07 '18 at 09:30 PM

It was fixed for me, the only difference i noticed is that it takes longer to actually do the stop PIE.

avatar image DanHollingsworth Dec 10 '18 at 02:50 PM

How did they fix it? Thats kind of the point of forums..

Ending PIE takes significantly longer because it is now screwing around with the PIE levels rather than just flushing them.. I get told PIE ended, then 3-4 minutes later I get the crash you have, on levels that should have been unloaded and thrown away already.

this is the forth post I've found on the crash, none of them have any solutions.

avatar image xlar8or Dec 10 '18 at 03:17 PM

I was notified by email that the fix was on the next hot fix a while ago (maybe 4.20.1) and at least on my side it started working, i have to wait around 3 seconds for the stop PIE, other than that it seems fine to me.

avatar image DanHollingsworth Dec 11 '18 at 05:30 PM


For us this turned out to be a the wrong world passed to an engine API:

WorldBrowserModeul->SharedWorldModel(UWorld * InWorld)

Passing the PIE world in causes weird cross references between the editor world and the PIE world.

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