Friday 23 January 2015

Tinkers Construct Smeltery

I just wanted to clarify the bug relating to the Tinkers Construct Smeltery, as per the information in the 'Bugs' section of the site.

The mod author did not intend the smeltery to be used for large scale storage, so the code is not written with this in mind. 

The mod author is well aware of the issues that overfilling a smeltery can cause, the contents bar going off the screen or even disappearing in extreme cases, but it seems unlikely that will be addressed / fixed in the MC 1.6.4 version of the mod as the mod author has ceased working on the mod. Although the original author has passed development of Tinkers Construct to someone else they are focussing on developing a stable version for 1.7.10 rather than fixing the few bugs remaining in 1.6.4.

We suggest the following workaround: A smeltery should not be overfilled and tanks should be used for storage instead. If your contents bar does disappear then removing some of it's contents will force the contents to show again.

The source code for Tinkers Construct has been released under an 'open' license (Creative Commons 3) so it is possible that someone else may choose to fix the 1.6.4 version. I don't think my Java experience is sufficient to fix the issues myself but I will be looking through the code to see if I can figure it out, perhaps with some help I can come up with some kind of fix such as limiting the amount a smeltery can hold, if anyone reading this is familiar with Java development then please do get in touch!