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Why are blocks respawning in my Minecraft 1.3 SMP server?

I'm experimenting with a new server on my own machine and came across an odd problem. Regardless of where I spawn, there is a square area on the map within which, no matter what block I break, it regenerates instantaneously. It produces no material, it just comes right back.

Outside of that area, everything works just fine. If I had to guess, I'd say the area is approximately 50x50 blocks square with the center of the square at my initial spawn point.

Additionally, I'm connecting to a server running on my own machine.

Is this a known problem? I searched the official bug database but found no bug related to this. And if so, what can I do to fix it?

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Which mod have you installed ? –  Warface Sep 12 '11 at 1:05
    
No mods installed, just downloaded the server exe about an hour ago –  AndyPerfect Sep 12 '11 at 1:07
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I'm positive this exact question was asked before, but I can't find it... –  John the Green Sep 12 '11 at 1:59
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Found it –  John the Green Sep 12 '11 at 2:00
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@Raven Dreamer — The questions should probably be merged. The original question's asker thought it was a bug, but it isn't; and the feature was added in 1.3, but isn't specific to it. –  Ben Blank Sep 12 '11 at 16:31
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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, Ben Blank, Ronan Forman, Brant, bwarner Sep 12 '11 at 17:22

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This isn't a problem per se -- it's a feature! It's built in protection in Minecraft's multiplayer to hinder attempts at griefing.

So no need to panic! Your minecraft is running perfectly fine! You may just want to play out and buildings or structures some distance away from your spawn so as not to run into any troubles when you're trying to build stuff.

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And now that you mention that, it makes perfect sense why that would be implemented. –  AndyPerfect Sep 12 '11 at 1:08
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In addition to Raven Dreamer's answer: If you are a server operator, you can edit the area around spawn normally.

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