Questions tagged [minecraft-java-edition]

a 3D exploration and survival sandbox game, based in large generated worlds made of blocks. This tag is for the java-based edition of Minecraft for PCs. For other editions of the game, please use the tag specific to that edition, e.g. [minecraft-bedrock-edition]

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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 ...
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How do I change track direction?

I want to make an automatic railroad. When I stand on a pressure plate I want a cart to arrive within a few seconds. To do this I have setup a self resetting booster. At the end of the booster I have ...
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Can mobs use levers?

Specifically, is it safe to put a lever to open an iron door 'outside'?
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What is the most effective design for an infinite cobblestone generator?

I have one lava and one water. I want to make stone factory, which is: the most compact the most safe to get stone from it
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How can I provide natural light under a roof?

I'm building a platform out in the water, sort of like an oil rig, and I'm realizing that the area beneath my platform is going to become completely dark at all times. In order to prevent that, how ...
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Can water freeze and snow fall in biomes in Minecraft?

In the current version of Minecraft, can water freeze to ice in tundra biomes, as it did in ice worlds before biomes were introduced? Relatedly, can new snow fall in tundra biomes, after scooping up ...
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What causes an item to disappear in Minecraft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What persists after a respawn in Minecraft? I've apparently lost my diamond sword due to a death far from my spawn point. Was I just unlucky or do items disappear if you are ...
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Why do I get an error when I try to play?

So when I try to play Minecraft it keeps giving me this error: I'm running Windows 7, 64-bit and I have the latest version of Java installed. My computer is a Dell Inspiron 1545 How can I fix this? @...
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What tools do you use to help you build structures? [closed]

When looking at Minecraft pictures, I see that lots of people build lots of really neat structures, but I really wonder how they build some structures. Are the using some external tool to help them ...
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Is it possible for a Mob to spawn *right next to* the player in Minecraft?

According to Minepedia/Light, the changes that occurred in the Halloween update make torches useless for level 16 and below (incidentally, also the level where diamonds start). Now, that's all fine ...
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Can redstone torches provide enough light to prevent monster spawning?

I know that redstone torches are dimmer than normal (coal) torches. I also know that someday torches won't last forever and we will need to craft lanterns. But today I got an idea... I have tons of ...
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What is the creeper's “activation” radius?

I'm building my little base so that I can see around where I'm currently located at night, so see whether it's safe to go out the next morning, etc. I'd like to make my outer wall out of glass for ...
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Where do Minecraft texture packs go on OS X?

I play Minecraft on OS X and for some reason clicking this button doesn't do anything. Where should I be putting my texture packs?
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How do I flood a mine?

I have built an aqueduct from what seems to be the sea to the underground level. But the water level never rises above 1 tile of depth. How to make it 2 tiles of depth?
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How does armor work in Minecraft?

How much does armor diminish damage taken? Also, how is it's durability calculated? Is it worth making a set of diamond armor or is leather just as good (seeing as leather isn't used for anything else)...
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Redstone Circuitry - Resistors?

Is there any way to construct a resistor within a redstone circuit? I was thinking that there might be some properties of cobblestone versus glass, dirt versus obsidian, etc. but I haven't had the ...
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How much longer does it take to mine blocks underwater?

I noticed that when my feet aren't firmly placed on the ground, it takes a significantly longer time to mine blocks, even with high-end tools. Is there a factor that mining time is increased by for ...
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Is there any way to reuse a boat?

I would like to know how to dock or pick up my boat. I've been unsuccessful with this in the past, either breaking the boat on land or just leaving it behind. It would save a lot of time and materials ...
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How to create bows and arrows?

I need to kill!
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How do I craft a chest?

I want to have a place to store my items in case I get full of items or die.
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How do I move my spawn point?

I am spawning too far from my home. How do I move my spawn point?
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Is there a directory for public servers?

How do I find public Minecraft servers? Is there a directory of them?
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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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What is the most reliable way to get saplings from leaves?

I've started trying my hand at tree farming (I was starting to reach a tipping point where cutting trees was affecting the aesthetic of my base island). After an initial few rounds cutting trees and ...
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What is the average rate at which sufficiently lit grass spreads in a line?

I've built those corridors that let me go across the lake. As I went back and forth on them to reach my mine and shelter, I noticed the grass slowly advancing over the area. This gave me a crazy idea ...
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How can I level water?

It may be my inner OCD, but situations like this annoy me to no end. Sometimes, a patch of water is "ruined" for no apparent rational reason and all attempts to restore it to normality are met with ...
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Is there a canonical list of Minecraft bugs?

Is there a good official/semi-offical list of Minecraft bugs somewhere. I occasionally experience weird behaviors and I want to know if the bug is already known, and I should just accept it since I ...
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Is there a way to see how deep I am?

Is there a way to see how deep a hole I've dug in Minecraft, besides counting the number of squares I've dug through? I realize at some point there is bedrock so if I can't see how far down I am, can ...
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If I'm already above the clouds — how much higher can I go?

What Z-Level are the clouds at? I've found the perfect place to build my minecraft base Right there, in the orange circle. But I can't help but notice. That's pretty damn high. I know minecraft has ...
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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 do ...
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Does it matter which way a door is facing in Minecraft?

Depending on which way I'm facing when I place a door, it will either be on one side of a cube border or another. Are there any game mechanics that make use of the door's alignment which I should be ...
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Can creatures follow me through a portal?

Can creatures from both the Nether and the Overworld follow me through a portal? Is it safe to build a portal in the open, or should it be surrounded in a cobblestone hut to prevent unwanted ...
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How is fall damage calculated in Minecraft?

How does the game determine how much damage you take? Is there a formula out there that determines how many hearts of damage you take per blocks fallen?
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Are the days and nights in Minecraft of equal length?

It might just be subjective, but to me the nights seem to be longer than the days. Barely have I gone outside to collect some sand to make glass, or see if I can find that promising looking cave again ...
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Is there a Mac inventory editor for Minecraft server?

I've got a minecrack inventory editor for Macs running on local maps but what about for the 'classic' server setup? There are clearly one-per-user inventory files in the server world directory but my ...
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How do I survive in the Nether?

Whenever I travel to the Nether in Minecraft, I almost instantly get blasted to smithereens and chopped up into little pieces. How do I survive in the Nether, at least long enough to build some sort ...
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Can fish be caught in all water tiles?

The Halloween update for Minecraft added an actual function for fishing rods; you can actually catch fish with them now! To do so, you right click and you cast the line. Can fish be caught in all ...
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Is it possible to lay a block adjacent to another without looking at the face of the existing block?

I want to build a bridge over a valley to allow fast travelling between 2 areas. The only way I can see to do it is this: Build steps up to the level I need. Move right to the end of the last block ...
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What version of Minecraft am I playing?

I finally decided to go ahead and buy Minecraft. I purchased a premium account via paypal, downloaded the client, logged in, and am at a main menu screen: Single-Player Multi-Player Play Tutorial (...
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Is there anything I can do to attract spiders in Minecraft?

I really need to kill some spiders so I can make a bow and fishing rod, but there are no spiders to be seen in my vicinity. Is there a technique I can use to either attract them to a known location ...
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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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How do I get to The Nether in Minecraft?

How does one get to The Nether area in Minecraft? I heard that portals would be used to teleport around the map, but in order to use the portals you have to go through The Nether area.