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11-22-2009, 07:43 PM
I've had UDK for a few weeks now, and it hasn't failed me ever. My knowledge of the UDK is growing rapidly (thanks to your tutorials and Raven's vids on Youtube :) Honestly, I love it!
But today I was fooling around on it and I wanted to make a waterfall map. I went to add a terrain layer and when I typed in 'Grass', it said "Name contains an invalid character : "
I had no space after/before it either. I tried everything I could think of. I restarted UDK, restarted my computer, etc. No luck. It's just not my weekend, either. My Xbox 360 is in Texas right now due to the RROD :p
Anyways, what is going on? I'm probably doing something really dumb because of my n00bness.
11-26-2009, 05:59 AM
I have a similar issue - I was trying to export a mesh from blender as an .ase file and every time I click import and then OK I get the same error "Import failed for MyPackage.Test Object: Name contains an invalid character : "
some help would be appreciated!
11-26-2009, 06:40 AM
I have found the answer! - in my case at least, the file that I was trying to import cannot have spaces! Maybe you've coincidently added space after or before the word grass?
11-26-2009, 02:26 PM
I'm afraid I didn't have a space there.
I have found the answer to my own problem, too!
I believe the problem was that the package name had a space in it (it was "The Falls", the name of my waterfall map.) I changed it to "The_Falls" and it worked fine!
Moral of the story: No spaces in packages, terrain layers, or file names!
11-26-2009, 08:23 PM
awesome, good to hear! - no spaces it is then.... ever!
05-31-2010, 08:24 AM
06-01-2010, 08:24 PM
This doesn't have much to do with what you asking but to save you from future problems when you make a custom asset and import it into UDK do not use any of !@#$%^&*() even if it allows you to the clipboard will not recognize it and will not allow you to copy and paste.
05-12-2013, 07:39 AM
Hello everyone im new to the forum and am having the above said issues. I have no spaces in any of the file names but it still pops up with "invalid characters"? I can name it ANYTHING and still the same pop up. Is anybody able to help?
05-14-2013, 09:42 AM
Hello anyone who is interested! I just fixed my problem and it appears you can't have whitespace in any of the naming groups: Package name, group name, and name. I tried to use MyAssetsPackage, Sound Cues, Ambient_Sound_Cue and it failed no matter what I typed in for the name. So after that I decided to see if it was the group name and once I changed it to SoundCues it accepted it. I hope this helps someone.
05-14-2013, 05:41 PM
Just think like this: Spaces in names for any aspect/file for anything game related is bad. Even if it seems like it would work, it's best to still avoid doing it.
I have this so engrained that it tends to carry over to no -game related stuff too haha.
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