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Fixed in 2021.3.35f1, 2022.3.18f1, 2023.2.8f1, 2023.3.0b4



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Users cannot export bundled plugins into a .unitypackage anymore



After a change with how bundled plugins are handled by the Unity Editor, [bundled plugins|] are no longer considered folders and are instead considered as a single file to prevent creating .meta files inside the plugins. These said .meta files inside plugins were an issue for the users, hence the removal, see UUM-9421.

Reproduction steps:
1. Open a project that contains a bundled plugin.
2. Export the bundled plugin into a .unitypackage
2.1. You can do that by right-clicking the .bundle file and select “Export Package…”
2.2. You can also use the Menu Bar, Assets -> Export Package...
3. Select the bundled plugin and complete the export

Expected result: The .bundle file gets exported successfully

Actual result: The files inside the bundled plugin is not inside the exported .unitypackage. If the bundled plugin was the only selection during export, there will be a console error: “Error while exporting package: No assets to export - only folders. Did you mean to use ExportPackageOptions.Recurse?”

Reproducible with: 2020.3.48f1, 2021.3.26f1, 2022.3.0f1, 2023.1.0b19, 2023.2.0a17
Not reproducible with: 2023.1.0a23, ..., 2020.3.47f1
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Reproducible on: macOS Ventura 13.2.1 (M1 Max), Windows 10

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Comments (2)

  1. devluz

    Sep 09, 2023 02:29

    It looks like the unity asset store tools export it correctly. If a manual export step is involved or the C# API Export Package call is used it will remove native plugins though

  2. devluz

    Sep 09, 2023 02:00

    This will cause asset store developers to release broken builds. Native iOS and Mac plugins will be filtered out during export in the current LTS versions.

    Exporting the unitypackage is the last step in the release process so it might hit many off guard. There is no warning and no indication something is wrong (besides file size) until the asset goes live in the store.

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