I am creating an adventure map and players will need items every so often so I am using

/summon FallingSand 2140.5 9 -423.5 {TileID:54,Time:1,TileEntityData:{Items:[{id:diamond_helmet,Slot:0,Count:1},{id:diamond_chestplate,Slot:1,Count:1},{id:diamond_leggings,Slot:2,Count:1},{id:diamond_boots,Slot:3,Count:1},{id:diamond_sword,Slot:4,Count:1}]}} 

To summon a chest with the items in it. When the chest spawns it auto-faces South, is there a way using datatags to make it face North?

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    Why are you summoning a falling sand entity instead of using setblock? As a bonus, using setblock will solve your problem.
    – MBraedley
    Oct 14, 2015 at 0:10
  • @MBraedley Can you please answer the question with a command using /setblock that will fix my error?
    – David
    Oct 14, 2015 at 0:13
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    It's going to be hard for me to provide a meaningful answer if you don't answer my question first. There's good reasons why you might use falling sand instead of setblock. As it turns out, you are able to do what you want with falling sand, but the more important point is that you seem to be stuck in the X/Y problem. You're assuming the solution, at least with your title, instead of focusing on the problem.
    – MBraedley
    Oct 14, 2015 at 1:20
  • @DavidCole this might be useful gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/191936/…
    – Ben
    Oct 14, 2015 at 1:21
  • As a side-note, TileID is kind of deprecated in 1.8, the Block tag should be used instead.
    – MrLemon
    Oct 14, 2015 at 10:10

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The facing of a chest is determined by it's block data value, ranging from 2 to 5 (North, South, West, East). For Falling Sand Entities the data value of the block can be set by adding a Data tag to the entity:

/summon FallingSand 2140.5 9 -423.5 {Block:minecraft:chest,Data:2,Time:1,TileEntityData:{Items:[{id:diamond_helmet,Slot:0,Count:1},{id:diamond_chestplate,Slot:1,Count:1},{id:diamond_leggings,Slot:2,Count:1},{id:diamond_boots,Slot:3,Count:1},{id:diamond_sword,Slot:4,Count:1}]}}

(I also replaced TileID with the newer Block. This doesn't exactly matter, but numerical IDs are being phased out gradually, and I expect TileID to break in the future.)

However, as pointed out by MBraedley in the comments, summoning a chest with items can be done directly via setblock, rather than using the old roundabout way of summoning falling sand.

The syntax is

/setblock <x> <y> <z> <TileName> [dataValue] [oldBlockHandling] [dataTag] 

Here, the data value can be set directly. To set the data tag, you'll need to specify oldBlockHandling, I suggest using the default value of replace:

/setblock 2140 9 -423 minecraft:chest 2 replace {Items:[{id:diamond_helmet,Slot:0,Count:1},{id:diamond_chestplate,Slot:1,Count:1},{id:diamond_leggings,Slot:2,Count:1},{id:diamond_boots,Slot:3,Count:1},{id:diamond_sword,Slot:4,Count:1}]}

This command is not only shorter and easier to read, it also executes much faster than the summon version. That is because it doesn't need to create an entity, have it drop to the floor, determine collision, and then turn it into a block and remove the entity.

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