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How do I construct a safe sleeping area in 1.5 version?

Since 1.5 old rules for safe sleeping are no longer working. What are the new rules? With the addition of weather, sleeping in bed is much more important and old rules for safe placements of beds no ...
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Minecraft Command Blocks Help - Selecting previous target in a second command block

I'm trying to make a system that prevents players from using certain items: In one command block I have the following command "clear @a diamond_sword" executing constantly through a clock. Off the ...
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Custom names and lores in Minecraft 1.7.2?

I have heard it was possible to change the names and lores of Minecraft items WITHOUT the use of third-party programs like MCEdit. Given the things that my friends have told me, and from the ...
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What persists after a respawn in Minecraft?

I've died a few times before reaching the point where I can get some action going; after each death I was unable to recover the contents of my inventory. Is my inventory lost forever after death? ...
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Minimum safe spacing between lava and flamable materials?

It seems that containing lava in solid glass, stone and iron blocks may not be sufficient to prevent wool from burning, even if the lava is completely encased. After some delay, it seems that ...
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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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How do I change a spawner's type in Minecraft?

I want to change the type of my mob spawners on my server. My server is a vanilla server, as it has no mods. Is there a way I can edit it without mods? If not, is there a mod I can get to change them? ...
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Why can't I mine diamond, gold ore, or redstone ore?

Normal blocks I can mine fine, but when it comes to diamond and gold ores, the block just gets "destroyed" (as in you can't pick it up). I'm playing on multiplayer with no spawning monsters.
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How far should I place torches in a planar huge room?

I'm building a very large planar room. How far should I place torches from each other, in order to avoid mob spawning? In How far do I have to place torches so that mobs will not spawn near me? ...
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Minecraft gave up trying to download files

I have an issue with my Minecraft launcher - I downloaded modpack for minecraft then the launcher started an update for the modpack version which it's 1.6.2, however then I started to get the issue ...
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What's the goal of Minecraft and what can users achieve in this world?

I heard a lot about Minecraft and I'm quite curious to know what can be achieved in this game and what's its goal. What mechanism keeps the game going?
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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's the most efficient way to get experience?

Now that experience does something besides render regions of a server uninhabitable due to orb lag, what's the most efficient and safe way to get those excellent enchants? A mob farmer may rank ...
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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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Can two users play on a Minecraft server using the same account?

I bought a Minecraft account for my little brother for Christmas, and I'd like to play with him on my server every now and then. If I log in while he's on, however, it kicks him off since we have the ...
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How far away do portals need to be so that they don't go to the same place?

I'm playing on a SMP server and am trying to use the Nether to link up all my disparate bases around the world. Note in the below, A is Overworld, B is Nether. I started with one portal (A1, thus ...
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Can I copy part of a Minecraft multi-player (SMP) map to a single-player map?

Is it possible to somehow get the map from an SMP server as a mere player? I did some large Redstone circuitry, and I would like to copy it into my SSP map. If not, can I extract the loaded chunks ...
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Launching Minecraft lags computer

Whenever I launch Minecraft.exe on my computer, while the Minecraft launcher is loading, my computer starts to lag out. The render rate on my entire computer slows down . This is participially ...
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Why do I need to delete the META-INF folder when installing mods?

In Minecraft, nearly every tutorial on how to install a MOD tells you to remove the META-INF folder. However none of the ones I found tell you what it is. I don't like the idea of deleting a folder ...
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What are the properties of fire?

How exactly does fire act in Minecraft? Specifically, I'm wondering about things like: Which materials are flammable? Within how many blocks of a flaming block can a block catch fire? When you're on ...
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What's the safest way to farm obsidian without burning to death?

In single player Survival mode in Minecraft Alpha, what is the safest way to create an obsidian farm? I've come across naturally occurring in obsidian in Survival MP, but that was easy to mine because ...
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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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How do I fix randomly moved chunks after a crash?

I was stupid and didn't keep a backup of my Minecraft server. Now, it crashed, biomes changed, chunks were moved around, part of my city of gone, an underground chunk was moved aboveground, is there ...
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How can I export all item ID's, Metadata and Names?

I am attempting to export a list of all item IDs, and metadata from minecraft. I am using the FTB Unleashed pack. What I want is to write to file: 351:1 Ink Sac 351:2 Rose Red ... 368:0 Ender Pearl ...
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What's the fastest way to find mineshafts?

I'm on the hunt for melons, and one place I'm fairly sure I can find them is a mineshaft. Which leaves me back at square one, how do I find a mine shaft? It seems they were made substantially harder ...
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How do I quickly create a safe shelter?

I've recently started playing Minecraft, and I only have a little experience with enemies (I've been playing with the peaceful setting so I can figure out what the heck I'm doing). When I did play ...
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What's the best way to fight an Enderman?

When you're looking at one and it's running at you really fast, you know you're in deep trouble. My question is: What is the best tactic to fight an Enderman because they seem to teleport behind ...
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How do level seeds work?

I see minecraft seeds listed, and I started trying some of my own. I have noticed using the same seed produces very similar styles of maps, i.e. start in a specific biome, very high mountains etc, ...
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Is it possible to change your single-player skin?

In Minecraft, is it possible to customize your skin in single-player mode (not just in multiplayer)? How?
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What are all the gamerule commands in Minecraft?

I want to know what are the gamerule commands in Minecraft, and what do they do? Please help as I want to have special stuff without using mods and plugins!
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Why aren't there any passive mobs spawning in my single player world?

There used to be a bunch of pigs and sheep and cows and chickens, but ever since I've been building everywhere, they've vanished. I tried to create patches of grass with torches on them to get them to ...
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What features differ between the XBLA and PC versions of minecraft?

What differences does the Xbox 360 version of minecraft have compared to playing on the PC? EDIT: At the risk of this being too localized, I'm asking more about differences exclusive to each ...
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How do I get the Ender Dragon egg and what does it do?

So I finally killed the Ender Dragon! As I was climbing the portal back to the world, I noticed that on top of the column there was an egg. So I attacked, mined, clicked and nothing happened, it just ...
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How do you allocate more RAM to Minecraft?

There is a lot of lag when I play Minecraft, and I think it's due to the ram I've allocated currently. (495MB) How do you allocate more RAM? EDIT: I checked my other computer (Intel i5 Core)and it ...
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Reset a player's progress on a server

I have a Minecraft server I've just started for a few friends. We're playing on hard, and I'm going to set it up so that players spawn with a few minimal items to get them going. Some of them jumped ...
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Minecraft Forge 1.7.10 will not start

My minecraft will not start on only that version, I have a Windows 7 computer with Java 8u20 installed, because the latest java 7 update will not work at all(plus imma dev for other stuff). ...
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Minecraft Forge 1.7.10 keeps crashing as soon as I launch the game?

After successfully installing Minecraft Forge 1.7.10 using the Windows Installer,the game crashes as soon as it begins to launch.After crashing,the games screen reads this: [12:09:24] [main/INFO] ...
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What's the easiest or quickest way to build bases under water?

What's the easiest or quickest way to build bases under water? Stopping every 15 seconds for air is becoming very infuriating. Are there mods or something I can do to speed up the process or even ...
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How do I not get lost underground?

I have found a rather large series of underground caverns in Minecraft, and have come close to becoming fatally lost several times. What are some best practices in making sure I get back to familiar ...
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Is there any way to cause lava source blocks to replicate in Minecraft?

You can create an infinite well using two buckets of water and a hole that is one block deep and two blocks by two blocks wide. I'm wondering if it's possible to do a similar thing with lava, now ...
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What is the minimum safe spacing between trees to contain forest fires?

After trying to implement a minor controlled burn to tame the wild forests surrounding my home, I managed to create what I shall heretofore refer to as The Burning Land. It occurred to me that we ...
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How do I find Dungeons in Minecraft?

In Minecraft survival mode, there are dungeon rooms with mob spawning machines, mossy cobblestones and special treasures. What's the best way to find those? I found one the other day and have been ...
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How can I get rid of this black hole in my minecraft world?

I have interesting bug that I have experienced before but has gone away on its own. This one is not going away though. I have a giant stripe or chunks missing from my desert biome, I would say ...
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Farming using Mob Spawners in Minecraft

I have a couple of Mob Spawners surrounded by torches (thus rendered inert), and I want to try using them to farm enemy drops. What's the most efficient setup to automatically kill spawned mobs and ...
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Removing some hostile creatures in minecraft

Is it possible to remove some of the enemies that spawn during the night but retaining some? I actually like playing on a non-peaceful mode but I don't like those creatures (enderman, creeper) that ...
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How do I downgrade Minecraft to play on a server running an older version?

How do I downgrade Minecraft to play on a server running an older version?
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Minecraft crashing - Ubuntu 12.10

When I play Minecraft 1.4.2 on Ubuntu (with and without Optifine), after a while (about five minutes or so) it will crash the whole of Ubuntu, SSP and SMP (frozen interface, no responsiveness). ...
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Does time pass on a Minecraft SMP server if nobody is logged on?

I have a private Minecraft server where we are 2 people playing. Earlier today I logged on, observed it was night, and logged back off. Then I logged on just now, it was day again. In the meantime, ...
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How to find a player's redstone clock (or other aggressive circuitry)?

I'm an admin for a minecraft server where I suspect one of the players has set up a fast cycle redstone circuit. The reason is the server uses what seems to me to be too high of cpu for only one or ...
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Are there any blocks that spiders cannot climb?

I'm building a spider spawner exp farm, and I have everything planned out. Now the only thing is to build it. But what material should I use? Are there any blocks that a spider (either type) just ...