I'm running a private Minecraft server for a few friends. It's running the SMP technic pack for Minecraft Beta 1.8.
We've started building some rather complex machines which produce a large amount of items. Sometimes, storage becomes an issue - and - with nowhere else to go, the items "pop" out of pipes and start to pile up in the world. The server begins to slow down gradually over time as the number of items continues to grow. I guess this is just something to expect from a mod like this.
If the machine "malfunction" is left untreated for too long, it can cause the game to be unplayable; which is why I ask this question:
Is there any way to remove excess items from the world? (i.e. floating items, not solid blocks or items in containers).
Preferably looking for an automated solution (mod) which caps the number of items in the world at one time. However, a manual solution would be great also.