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getBlockState in unloaded chunk (1.15.2)


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So basically what I'm trying to do is to get the BlockState of a block in an unloaded chunk.

I tried to do so by using World::getBlockState() which works fine in loaded chunks, but in unloaded chunks, it returns a BlockState whose block is always VOID_AIR.

As soon as the chunk gets loaded though, it works correctly.

Is there a way to get the BlockState of a block in an unloaded chunk?

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If it is unloaded, it doesn't exist.

 

You can only view loaded chunks.

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13 minutes ago, loordgek said:

why do you want to do that ?

The reason I want to do this is, that I'm writing a mod that gets the shortest path to a location.

To be able to find a path, I need to get the blocks.

 

12 minutes ago, Draco18s said:

If it is unloaded, it doesn't exist.

 

You can only view loaded chunks.

Oh that makes sense. If the block isn't loaded, it doesn't have a state.

Is there any way of getting the type of block at some position in an unloaded chunk then?

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30 minutes ago, thebear said:

Is there any way of getting the type of block at some position in an unloaded chunk then?

Unloaded chunks do not exist. Its not that they don't have a state, they literally, fundamentally don't exist. An unloaded chunk can be in one of three states:

  • Never Created
  • Created, but not generated (Minecraft has allocated memory, but not run generation, and it is possible for a chunk to be part way through that process)*
  • Populated, but saved to disk

There is no way to differentiate between these states.

The only "solution" is to load the chunk.

 

*Technically there are ways to query block states in these chunks, but as their memory is in another thread, it is not safe to do so.

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Be careful when doing that, chunks are unloaded for a reason (reduce memory usage by not keeping all chunks in memory at once). Make sure you unload/unforce the chunk again when you're done. Otherwise your mod will have performance issues on worlds which have been played for a while.

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