Is there a way to break a prefab connection through the editor? If I delete the prefab, the instance of it turns red and seems to want the underlying prefab restored. As it is, the only option seems to be to first delete one of the instance's components (or add one), which causes the editor to warn you that you're losing the connection. Then it's safe to delete the prefab.
Is there a more straightforward way to do this?
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You can use the PrefabUtility.DisconnectPrefabInstance function to do that:
answered Mar 09, 2012 at 12:23 AM
EDIT This answer is obsolete as of Unity 3.5, see accepted answer.
It's not a direct command, but if you modify the object derived from the prefab, you will be asked if you want to break the connection. You could make a small, reversible change, agree to break the prefab connection and then reverse the change. Then, if you delete the prefab, the object is no longer strictly an instance.
This works - I've tried it. However be warned that it will active gameObjects and their children. So what I did was store the list of active values for the whole hierarchy and then reapply the active values on the clone
answered Oct 26, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Hrmmm. This is still a troublesome thing. Here's my ping to the question and a hopefully a clarification of the pain this brings. And perhaps a start on how to fix it. Imagine this... I made some an awesome prefab (pappy) that has lots of handy and complicated children (kiddos). I then copy a kiddo and paste it as a child to my new collection (newHotness). Now I am secretly screwed (trouble to silently appear later).
So I have:
I create a prefab out of newHotness (cause I'm like that).
Later I'm working on newHotness and I notice that I need to Apply my edits to the newHotness prefab. Sadly, I had kiddo2 selected and it applies my edits to kiddo2 back to the pappy prefab!
I finally figure out that the prefab connection (like a sort of plague-like infection) has come along for the ride. kiddo2 never forgets who pappy was. Let's call it the "eternal inappropriate connection." What I desire more than root beer itself is a script that will let me remove the "eternal inappropriate connection" so that kiddo2 can go live his own new life as a member of the newHotness prefab. Anyone know some magic? Ultimately we need a new button next to Select, Revet, Apply, called "Unlink." For now, we make a specialized script:
Anybody have a guess for what UmmmmmmLikeBreakThatPrefabLinkSomehow() should be? -Ken =]