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Fixed in 2021.1.X

Fixed in 2019.4.X, 2020.2.X, 2020.3.X



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Prefabs are reimporting every time a code change is made

Asset - Database


Based on the discussion on this forum thread:

I was discovered that when the following conditions aligned, all Prefabs with a [SerializeField] attribute in a Script were reimporting:
1. Create a project
2. Create a Prefab (PrefabA)
3. Create a new Monobehaviour (i.e. ScriptA.cs)
4. Create another Monobehaviour (i.e. ScriptB.cs)
5. Add ScriptA & ScriptB to a prefab.
6. In Script A, add a private variable:
[SerializeField] private ScriptB scriptReference;
7. Add a new Script that contains this (AssemblyStaticInfo.cs):

using System;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;

[assembly: AssemblyTitle("AssemblyTitle")]
[assembly: AssemblyDescription("AssemblyDescription")]
[assembly: AssemblyCopyright("AssemblyCopyright")]
[assembly: AssemblyCompany("AssemblyCompany")]

[assembly: CLSCompliant(false)]
[assembly: ComVisible(false)]

[assembly: AssemblyVersion("0.0.*")]

8. Create a new script (UnrelatedScript.cs)
9. Modify that script, and notice that EVERYTIME UnrelatedScript is modified, PrefabA is reimported.
10. Remove the [SerializeField] from ScriptA
11. Notice the Prefab no longer reimports.

Expected: Unrelated code changes should not reimport prefabs.

  1. Resolution Note (fix version 2021.1):

    Fixed on:

    Backported to:

  2. Resolution Note (fix version 2020.3):

    Fixed in 2020.2.4f1

Comments (8)

  1. ge01f

    Oct 17, 2022 17:42

    2020.3.37f1 and this is still occurring.

  2. Mishganches

    Apr 04, 2022 15:35

    Same issue for Unity 2020.3.28f1

  3. jvella_bhvr

    Apr 01, 2022 18:22

    This is happening for me in 2020.3.18f1, reopening and a fix would be great thanks.

  4. Ash-TA

    Nov 11, 2021 07:26

    Same issue in 2020.3.19f1 LTS.

  5. Jamy4000_Ubisoft

    Sep 07, 2021 10:16

    Still seeing this issue in 2020.3.16f1, I get a reimport of most of the assets in our projects (resulting in a 20-30 minutes re-import) after changing a couple lines of code.

  6. ModLunar

    Jul 02, 2021 13:44

    It's odd that this is not yet fixed in the latest LTS (Unity 2020.3.13)

  7. soleron

    Jul 01, 2021 22:37

    If it is not fixed on the latest LTS (2020.3.x) you should not mark it as fixed. It is misleading.

  8. EP-Toushirou

    Jun 03, 2021 11:54

    Hello, can Unity 2020.3.12f1 fix this bug?

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