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On a friend's multiplayer Minecraft server, it seems actions which I have initiated get paused when I'm not connected.

For example: if I plant a tree and come back and hour later, the tree will still be a sapling. Also, if I start smelting something in a furnace, it restores to where it was when I log back in after logging out.

Does anyone know why this is? The server's still running, so I don't see why it would be like this.

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The effects you describe will only occur while a chunk is loaded. If nobody is around to cause the chunks to be loaded, these things won't progress.

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At least in single-player, time does not pass for chunks not currently loaded into memory. While I'm not sure how multi-player servers work specifically, is anyone else logged into the server in the place your actions are failing to occur?

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