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Fixed in 2019.4.X, 2020.1.X, 2020.2.X



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Unity fails to open project with error: Failed to resolve packages: An operation that requires exclusive access to the project..



For some users Unity is failing to open and shows the following error:

Failed to resolve packages: An operation that requires exclusive access to the project is already running and must be completed before another can be started.. No packages loaded.

This issue happens only if the resolve package operation takes over 2 minutes to complete. Users will find this failure randomly while opening their projects.

Comments (15)

  1. dimonza556

    Aug 13, 2023 15:54

    It seems like you're encountering an issue with package resolution in your project. The error message indicates that there's an ongoing operation that requires exclusive access to a resource (likely a package repository or cache), and this operation needs to be completed before another operation can start.

    Here are a few steps you can try to resolve this issue:

    Check for Running Processes: Make sure that there are no other processes or instances of your project that are currently running and accessing the package repository. Sometimes, if a process is already using the repository, it can prevent other processes from accessing it simultaneously.

    Restart Your Development Environment: If you're using an integrated development environment (IDE) or a code editor, try restarting it. This might help to clear any lingering processes or locks that could be causing the issue.

    Clear Package Cache: Sometimes, package caches can get corrupted or locked, leading to such errors. Depending on the package manager you're using (e.g., npm for JavaScript, pip for Python), you might want to clear the package cache. Refer to the documentation of your package manager for instructions on how to do this.

    Check File Permissions: Ensure that you have the necessary permissions to access the package repository and the project directory. Sometimes, issues arise due to permission restrictions.

    Check for Updates: If you're using a package manager, make sure that it is up to date. Sometimes, updates address bugs and issues related to package resolution.

    Temporary Move or Rename the Packages Directory: You could try temporarily moving or renaming the "Packages" directory to something else, and then try resolving packages again. This might help if there's a temporary issue with the package cache or repository.

    Check for System Resource Constraints: If your system is low on memory or other resources, it might impact the ability to resolve packages. Make sure your system has enough available resources to perform these operations.

    Search for Specific Issue Reports: If the problem persists, search online for any specific issues related to the combination of your development environment, operating system, and package manager. You might find community discussions or solutions related to your specific setup.

    If none of these steps resolve the issue, it might be helpful to provide more details about the programming language, development environment, and package manager you're using. This would allow for more specific troubleshooting advice tailored to your situation.

  2. lupin4

    Oct 02, 2022 18:10

    Not fixed!!!!!!!!!!

  3. lbenard

    Apr 21, 2022 08:24

    Not fixed, it still occurs in Unity 2020.3.25f1

  4. vasaromb

    May 28, 2021 08:51

    2021.1.7f1 (64-bit), still occurs

  5. PrabhakaranRajendran

    May 17, 2021 04:37

    2020.3.4 still the same issue is there

  6. HiziProjects

    Apr 14, 2021 12:17

    2020.1.10, still occurs

  7. Toylips

    Nov 20, 2020 00:31

    2019.4.14f1 same

  8. Arthur_Kenichi

    Nov 18, 2020 05:11

    I had this problem in 2020.1.13f1. My workaround was selecting Continue instead of Retry or Quit, then the project opened with a lot of errors from missing packages, then I opened a scene of the game and right clicked on a random asset in the Project tab/window and then selected Reimport All.

  9. Silverlock

    Nov 17, 2020 15:42

    I installed Unity 2019.4.14f1 yesterday and this error occurs each time I open Unity. The description says it's fixed in 2019.4. Is that accurate? Is there a patch I need?

  10. AdamBebko

    Nov 16, 2020 22:54

    I also have this problem in 2020.1.11f1 can't figure out how to resolve it.

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