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Minecraft worlds regularly getting lost!

I am playing Minecraft on Ubuntu, running it with the following command (in a bash file) padsp java -Xms1024M -Xmx1024M -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -jar ...
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How do I kill zombies in Minecraft and not get hurt?

Is there a smart way of disposing zombies and not losing like 2-3-4-5 hearts in the process? No matter how far you are, they always seem to reach further than you can which sucks... :S zombies should ...
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Where can I obtain downloadable Minecraft sounds?

Does anyone know where one could obtain Minecraft sounds? Particulary - I need the creeper fuse/expl. sound, I'd like to put it as my cellphone ringtone to creep out my fellow Minecrafters. I guess ...
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Is the info in Minecraft Canary about a location that causes the most mobs to spawn still relevant?

In the Android app "Minecraft Canary" there is a whole bunch of game info, essentially a game guide. One of the pages says "A single location on the map has been discovered to cause the most mobs to ...
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Do shorn sheep regrow their wool?

Following on from this question on dyed sheep the thought occurs "Do shorn sheep regrow their wool". I know that shorn sheep stay that way for a while - I see them around and about. I know that mobs ...
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Are sheep permanently dyed?

If you dye a sheep (say blue) and then shear it, when it regrows its wool, will it still be dyed (blue)?
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What is a good way to lure animals / mobs into big holes/traps?

It seems to me like the last few updates made animals/mobs smarter: they won't fall that easily into holes 2+ blocks deep. Maybe I'm mistaken, maybe not... Anyway, did anyone try to combine normal ...
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How does animal spawning work?

In what way do animals in Minecraft spawn? It looks to me that they spawn more during the night (but where there are torches) and more kind of around you / around some other human player. Am I right, ...
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How does McMyAdmin handle whitelists?

How does popular Minecraft server admin tool McMyAdmin handle whitelists? The Preferences tab lists the following options for Whitelist Mode: No whitelisting, Match any group, and Lockdown. And does ...
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Can I recover lost saves?

I just updated Minecraft Beta from 1.2_01 to 1.2_02 and my saves (I had only one world) seem lost. Is it possible try to recover it in some way?
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How can I play SMP when minecraft.net is down?

Since minecraft.net is down or at least badly reachable, is it possible to play multiplayer offline? I know I can log in as one "Player" with the server setting online-mode=false, but the second ...
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What really happens when you enter a portal in minecraft? (Or should I say, when you come back?)

In minecraft, I'm about to make a portal and enter the Nether, but I have a problem with this. Supposedly when you enter the Nether, you can be directly above lava. This is fixed by the game sending ...
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How can I get out of the lava without dying?

In Minecraft beta, I've just blundered into some deep lava and am on fire, but I hit escape to pause the game before I died. What can I do while the game is in this paused state to get out of the ...
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What do the values on the Minecraft debug screen represent?

If you hit F3 while playing Minecraft, an overlay appears. Some of the items, such as fps, x, y, and z are obvious, but I'm curious about some of the other values. What do they all represent?
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What weapon does the most damage in early game?

I just started playing Minecraft today and was unfortunately eaten alive by a horde of angry looking block spiders. What weapon does the most damage at the beginning game?
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How do I survive the first night outside?

I started playing Minecraft some days ago, and understood what to do the first week or 2 (in Minecraft time). Until now I strictly followed the day/night cycle. I went outside to get woods, porks and ...
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How can I improve the performance of Minecraft?

I'm a happy Minecraft player. I place my blocks, mine my coal, and generally nobody gets hurt. Lately though, those mean creepers have been sneaking up on me from behind, and killing me. Why? Because ...
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How do I find slimes in Minecraft?

In early alpha I remember Minecraft videos showing slimes deep underground. I think you would attack them then they split into several smaller slimes. But I've never found a slime for myself. In what ...
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External Mods to locate specific blocks? [closed]

I'm looking for clay blocks, and they are quite hard to find. I know that I could simply edit my inventory and add more clay blocks, but that doesn't quite have the same "fun" factor as setting out in ...
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In my first game I spawned on a small island. What do I do next?

After seeing a huge interest here and in almost every PC gaming site, I decided to buy Minecraft Beta. In twitter and rss I heard something about zombie, ghosts, cakes, spiders, survive in the wild ...
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Where are my Minecraft saves located?

On Minecraft I am stuck really far down (see this question) and can't get out. When I search for my save I can't find it. I am on a Macbook.
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Minecraft is still crashing even after the 1.2_01 patch [closed]

Minecraft 1.2 came out earlier this week, and soon after was followed by another bugfix patch, putting us at 1.2_01. However, the game is still quite unstable for me: I am unable to go more than 10 ...
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How do you fix massive holes that appear in the ground?

This has happened in a couple of different places on my server. Does anyone have any idea what causes it to happen? Some facts about the phenomenon: other players on the server can't see them, ...
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How do we make our multiplayer spawn area less of a disaster zone?

My friends and I have a pretty fun multiplayer Minecraft world going, complete with a strip mine with an automated transit system and an enormous cobblestone pyramid. Everything is totally sweet... ...
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I'm stuck underground. How do I get back to the surface?

I'm stuck underground. I can't mine any further to reach lava. There is no water nearby, and zombies can't reach me. I can't see to find any blocks to suffocate my character. NBTEdit and similar ...
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How can I keep monsters out of my nether regions?

In order to find myself some nice lapis lazuli and get away from my current base, I'm building a little tunnel in the Nether to allow me to get into the midst of some fresh chunks fairly quickly. I ...
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What's the point of white dye?

When you use Bone Meal as a dye on Wool, you just get Wool in return. Also, once Wool has been dyed another color, it cannot be dyed white again. What's the point of using Bone Meal if it doesn't ...
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What can I do to secure my towns/castles/hovels from climbing spiders?

So with the latest patch spiders can climb walls. What can we do to secure our towns/castles/hovels against these new mobile menaces? Does adding a lip to the wall work? Or is there some block they ...
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What happened to my trees?

What's the deal with trees in minecraft? Ever since the update they've been.. er... three-toned. Is this intentional behavior?
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What dyes are now available in Minecraft?

Notch just updated the game and reintroduced dyed blocks - in the form of wool + a specific dye. Apparently there's 15 new dyes, obtainable through various means - but I can't seem to find ...
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How do you craft a cake?

A Minecraft update is coming today with cake included. I know which ingredients are likely to be involved, but not how to place them. So, how do you craft cake?
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Minecraft mechanism to separate merged carts?

Is there any known mechanism to take two or more moving ‘stacked’/‘merged’ minecarts (occupying the same space) and separate them automatically? I have seen splits happen at T-junctions, but haven't ...
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How can I increase the screen resolution of Minecraft on a Mac?

When I maximize Minecraft on my Mac it just changes the size of the window, not the actual game. How can I get a higher resolution? (Example): I believe that is 1280x800px.
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How do I create an inactivity timeout device?

I want a redstone circuit which has one input (or an arbitrary number of ORed inputs, but I can wire that up myself), one output, and where the output is on whenever the input is on as well as a for a ...
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Redstone torch not working in Minecraft beta 1.1_02?

Torches seem to be stuck ON all the time. Given SrrTrr (Switch, redstone, Torch) the torch and all the redstone are lit regardless of the position of the switch. Removing the torch shows the ...
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How can I permanently show FPS?

I know there used to be an option to show FPS at all times in an earlier version and I know F3 still shows it now but only while you hold F3. I tried this F3 + alt + F3 technique but (at least on my ...
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What could cause a Minecraft portal to not work?

I have build two portals in Minecraft now, and neither of them seem to work. This is on a multi player server. They were built correctly, and they both have the purple portal tiles in the center. ...
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Possible to travel between worlds in SMP

As seen in Creative mode, you could travel between different worlds or maps. I was wondering if such would be possible on SMP. I currently run Hey0.
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Does length dilation affect the Y axis in the Nether?

It's known that traveling one block in the Nether is equivalent to traveling 8 blocks in the real world, and I can confirm that along the X and Z axes by building four portals: two in the Nether and ...
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How can I make a boatlock in Minecraft?

How can I navigate a boat to a higher level in Minecraft? Is there some form of a lock that I could use? Maybe something using doors and watersource... Inspired by this question: Any way to dig a ...
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Is it possible to build a new river across a land barrier?

I'm trying to make something like the Panama Canal - there's a piece of land, less than a hundred blocks wide, that if completely removed, would connect two larger oceans. So I did the obvious, ...
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What is the optimum pattern to place crops in Minecraft?

What factors affect soil hydration and crop growth time? What is the most efficient layout of dirt and water to grow crops?
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How do I properly setup an auto-starting server on Windows Server?

I have been having a difficult time configuring the Minecraft server to start with Windows. Here's the situation: I have a Windows Server 2008 hosted at GoDaddy which I use for my web development and ...
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How often are SMP maps automatically saved?

I've found these two commands related to 'auto-save' on the Op wiki page: /save-off - turns off auto-save. /save-on - turns on auto-save. but I can't find any documentation on the length of time ...
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How far do I have to place torches so that mobs will not spawn near me?

Since torches prevent mobs from spawning, is it possible to place enough torches within a specific radius to ensure safety during the night? I'm thinking of a situation without any shelter built, more ...
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Unable to eat in Minecraft

I have opened a ticket about this at getsatisfaction, however, as no one else has reported it as a bug, I was wondering if anyone else here has seen this problem. I can eat once within an instance of ...
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Current players in a server

Is there a way to see the current players in a server from the client program?
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Can mobs activate pressure plates?

I have one pressure plate on each side of my door to get in and out of my house quickly, and if mobs can activate pressure plates, then I'm most likely doomed.
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How can you turn a rapid pulser on and off?

We have built a number of large rapid pulsers for Floor D of Fosco's server's community wiki. D, obviously, is for disco. Disco seen from the deejay's point of view, with two jukeboxes. I just wish ...
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Can torches cause fire?

I was just about to dig myself a new basement to my wooden-home, when I suddenly figured that the ceiling was on fire (long story short, not even the cockroaches survived). The only thing I did was to ...