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Resolved prevent runtime Terrain editing to change terrain file permanent on disk

Discussion in 'Scripting' started by ClaudiaTheDev, Feb 28, 2024.

  1. ClaudiaTheDev


    Jan 28, 2018
    I edit the terrain details(grass+flowers+co) via runtime.

    (Use case: player can build stuff+place objects dynamic and i remove grass under specific objects).

    Here is how i do it in code (abstract example):

    Code (CSharp):
    1. terrain.terrainData.SetDetailLayer(0, 0, 0, details)
    What happens is that the terrain data is permanent (not onyl runtime!) changed and the terrain file is also marked as changed in src control (as expected).

    I found a "solution" with using 2 terrains: an "original"/"preset" never changed which detail data is copied into the changed one as preset, so i dont lose the initial detail values after changing them.

    But it's annoying the terrain changes permanent and the game also writes then to the file system which i want to avoid especially for consoles.

    Is there a way to do this in runtime only? Maybe i can create a copy of the preset terrain so it only exists in memory in runtime?

    Does someone know a way?
  2. Kurt-Dekker


    Mar 16, 2013
    This will only happen in editor. In built games the assets are immutable on disk, but their in-memory representations might still be changeable.

    That's what you want. The TerrainData structure is complicated to fully clone and there are some open source things out there to help you. I cloned TerrainData in my destructible terrain example but I forget what all I copied exactly. It certainly wasn't 100% of the TerrainData contents, like I didn't do anything with trees or details.

    My terrain damager in MakeGeo... look for the TerrainDataCloner class.
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  3. ClaudiaTheDev


    Jan 28, 2018
    Thank you!

    When it's only in editor i can live with it:) rather than implementing a complex solution which maybe cause unexpected bugs.

    I tested i now for PC and the terrain is changeable at runtime in the build version and works like expected. I went trough all game file change dates and it indeed also didn't change a file so the files seem to be immutable like you said.

    I need to test on consoles if it also works like expected (changebale in runtime but does not change game files on disk). When it works, i will probably just swallow the pill and undo every time the terrain in src control after play testing in editor.