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Implement basic addon reloading #2298

merged 1 commit into from Aug 7, 2021


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Fixes #2261 and requires armory3d/armsdk#26.

This PR adds the possibility to reload the Armory addon via Blender's Reload Scripts operator (tip: create a keybinding for this, prior to Blender 2.8 it could be executed with F8). It is meant to ease development and not meant for regular users and should be used with care, as for example there might be cases with global variables etc. that are re-initialized even if they shouldn't. Also, other addons might misbehave suddenly. If something feels wrong after reloading, restart Blender.

Unfortunately there is now a bit of boilerplate code roughly the size of imports at the header of each module, but I haven't found a way around it yet. The logic nodes package doesn't need custom reloading as arm.logicnode.init_nodes() automatically reloads all logic nodes. This method is called after reloading when everything is re-registered again, so the node modules also don't need to handle reloading of imported modules because Python already cached the reloaded modules and will return them on import.

Regular usage of the addon (without reloading) is not affected by this change. I also tested this change with custom node libraries and the celshade driver.

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