So I have grand designs for Minecraft, and I'm presently in the process of leveling a mountain to flatten some terrain / get building supplies for a castle. That's all well and good, and I'm nearly done. However, strange things are afoot in Aeres-land; occasionally, random solitary dirt blocks will spawn in the middle of the flattened grounds, and even within the cobblestone wall for my castle that's under construction. (EDIT: Turns out I was mistaken on that cobblestone part; it was simply a weird miscoloration and not a dirt substitution.)
This wasn't initially a problem, since the spawns aren't common, and it's simple to remove them again. That changed when a chest containing all my coal and iron ingots was destroyed, thanks to a dirt block spawning in its exact location (inside my dirt enclosure that I'm using as a storage room / shelter while the castle is being built). I'm not too concerned about the coal, since it's plentiful in the quarry I'm digging, but the loss of the ingots stings a bit, and I'd rather not risk my diamonds or other valuables being erased. That's why I'm asking for assistance here, to see if anyone else has experienced this problem and / or knows how to remedy it.
I am currently using a Mac (OSX version 10.6.5, with the latest Java version, naturally) to run the latest Beta patch of Minecraft. I also have two mods being used at the moment; they are ModLoader and Zan's minimap mod, both current releases.
Any ideas of what the Notch is going on here? =(
EDIT: Changed topic title to more accurately reflect what's going on, and hopefully encourage more topic views (and by extension, someone else who's had this problem).
I decided to experiment for myself to see if I could pinpoint the cause of this bug. I deleted the bin folder (along with the two mods, ModLoader and Zan's minimap), and got a fresh folder from the client. After about 3 hours of total play since that time, not one dirt block has spawned. Before I did this, a dirt block would spawn roughly every 45 minutes or so. Therefore, I am inclined to believe that deleting the bin folder has solved the problem. But it's not over yet; I still need to locate the source.
I think that either one of the mods I used was to blame, or for some reason, my bin folder was corrupted somehow. I have no idea how the bin folder works, in all honesty, so I'll first try and narrow it down some more. I'll try redownloading the two mods and playing with each of them a bit, so I can attempt to confirm whether or not one of them was to blame.
In the meantime, I'd like to request that anyone who has been using ModLoader and/or Zan's minimap, and has also experienced this problem, would please post here, so I know that this isn't an isolated incident. Assuming that one of the mods is the source of this tomfoolery, I will contact the creator of said mod and ask that something be done about this.
I'm doing this for everyone's benefit, not just my own, so if you are having the same trouble that I am, please let me know here. Do the right thing, save your diamonds from being destroyed by rogue dirt.
Also, Just a quick suggestion, If you place your chests one block above the ground, They'll never be destroyed by this mishap.
That's a good idea; I should try that. However, I'm currently testing if dirt will spawn on anything other than dirt. I've abandoned my all-dirt shelter and made one out of wood instead, so when I get around to testing the mods individually (right now, I just wanna get my castle foundations done without having to deal with these shenanigans), I'd like to see if dirt will spawn on the wood at all. If it does, then I will gladly take your advice and use some Jedi powers to float my chests, but for now, I wanna test all the possibilities that occur to me.
I've had the same randomly-generating dirt blocks issue. Come to think of it...I've had it ever since I installed Zan's minimap mod. It's the only modification made to my mincraft other than custom textures, so that's gotta be it (unless it's an actual mc update thing, but I doubt it)
It hasn't caused any problems for me so-far, but it doesn't spawn them only on top of dirt. I've also seen it happen on top of my cobblestone roads. I have a feeling maybe it spreads in the same manner that grass does to other existing dirt blocks. This is only speculation of course...I'm not familiar with the programming.