[MECH] Glowstone Lanterns - Make glowstone lanterns, daytime glass & nighttime glowstone

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    Tim Visee

    Glowstone Lanterns - Make glowstone lanterns, daytime glass & nighttime glowstone

    The Glowstone Lanterns project page has been moved. Go to one of the two pages bellow to get to the Glowstone Lanterns project page, with the newest download available:
    You can view the original page in the spoiler bellow. It's highly recommended to visit one of the above sites, to view the up-to-date pages.
    Original Page (open)

    With this plugin Glowstone Lanterns you can make lanterns, when it's going dark the glass of the lanterns will change in glowstone and when it's daytime it will change in glass again. The great thing is that you don't need to place a full lantern but only a glass/glowstone block, so you can use it for everyting. This plugin is very usefull for a large city to light it up, that looks really cool that the lanterns will change in glowstone! You can also place prebuilt lanterns, so that's really usefull if you want to plase a lot of lanterns in a little time.
    You can enable glowstone lanterns with /gl, when you place a glass or a glowstone block it is marked as a glowstone lanterns, this block will change to glowstone if it is night and to glass if it is daytime. If you use /gl l 1 you will enable prebuilt glowstone lanterns, if you place a glass or a glowstone block there will apear the prebuilt glowstone lantern you selected right there. There prebuilt lanterns are in external files, so you can make your own prebuilt lanterns and share them with other pelople.
    Note: When you haven't permissions on your server, the plugin is avaible for all the OP's

    Official page (suggested): http://www.timvisee.com/projects/bukkit/glowstone-lanterns/
    Bukkit DEV: http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/glowstone-lanterns/

    In this video you can see how the plugin works :) (Outdated Video)

    • Permissions support
    • Multi world support
    • Place prebuilt lanterns that are located in external files, you can make them and share them with other pelople
    • Posibility to create your own lanterns
    • Players can only destroy lanterns if he have permission
    • And a lot more!
    Upcomming Features:
    • Costum messages and color support
    • In-game prebuilt lanterns creator
    What are prebuilt lanterns?
    Prebuilt lanterns are a really usefull feature in Glowstone Lanterns. You could place a prebuilt lantern by enableling the prebuilt lantern mode and then by placing a glass block or any other lantern block as your usually do with the normal lantern blocks. When you done that a lantern will spawn, for example when you place a glass block a lantern will spawn with a wooden base, a wooden fence pole and a glass/glowstone lantern on it. You could also spawn other prebuilt lanterns which could be used to hang on the ceiling for example. They are just really usefull because they will automaticly create a lantern. So the basic thing why there are prebuilt lanterns are is because you could easily create any lantern you want by only placing a glass block.

    Player Commands
    /gl, /glowstonelantern or /glowstonelanterns
    - Enable glowstone lanterns
    /gl lantern <lantern-id> or /gl l lantern <lantern-id>
    - Enable prebuilt glowstone lanterns
    /gl lantern or /gl l
    - Disable prebuild glowstone lanterns​
    /gl list lanterns or /gl list l
    - List the prebuilt lanterns​
    /gl help
    - View the help
    /gl info
    - View info (see if glowstone lanterns is enabled)
    /gl save
    - Save the glowstone lanterns list
    /gl reload
    - Reload the lanterns list
    /gl verion
    - View current running verion number

    With the following links underneath you could download the Glowstone Lanterns plugin. With the first two links you could directly download the plugin. With the third link you'll go to the official download page where you could find all the download links and all the other versions of the plugin.
    Glowstone Lanterns 0.6 (hosted on dropbox.com)
    Glowstone Lanterns 0.6 (hosted on mediafire.com)
    All downloads and older versions (official download-page on timvisee.com)

    1. Download the plugin
    2. Add the GlowstoneLanterns.jar file and the folder 'Glowstone Lanterns' from the downloaded .zip file to the /plugin folder of the minecraft server. Also add the included folder 'Glowstone Lanterns' to your plugins folder.
    3. Add the permissions if you have; (Look at the permissions paragraph underneeth)
    4. Start your game and use Glowstone Lanterns!

    Allow users to place glowstone lanterns; glowstonelanterns.gl
    Allow users to destroy glowstone lanterns; glowstonelanterns.destroyLanterns
    Allow users to use the info command; glowstonelanterns.info
    Allow users to use the reloadcommand; glowstonelanterns.reload
    Allow users to use the save command; glowstonelanterns.save

    There are NO bugs found :D

    Changelog (open)

    Version 0.6 (14-10-2012)
    • Delayed lantern changes
    • Auto generating config files
    • Updated bukkit api
    • Improved the permissions manager
    • Added PermissionsEx support
    • Added Essentials Group Manager support
    • Updated Default Permissions support
    • the pagages are now renamed to com.timvisee... (instead of me.timvisee...)
    Version 0.5
    • Rewrote whole plugin, plugin is a lot faster
    • Added new bukkit event system
    • New file save/load system, made it faster
    • Glowstone Lanterns wouldn't crash the server anymore!
    • Whole new prebuilt lanterns system which works A LOT better
    • Possibility to make ANY costum lantern!
    • Some prebuilt lanterns are added and removed
    • Added new config features
    • Added a help command to see all the commands (/gl help)
    • Added a reload command to reload the lanterns list (/gl reload)
    • Added a reload command permission node (glowstonelanterns.reload)
    • Changed version command result (/gl version)
    • Changed some chat messages
    • Better user interface in the chat
    • There are some other bugs fixed
    Version 0.3
    • New 'Save' command to save the current lanterns list (/gl save), this command has a permission line (glowstonelanterns.save)
    • Better costum prebuilt lanterns support (command lines supoortend, same as YAML with a # on a line as the first character)
    • Bug fixes!
    • There's also added an config file
    • Function to turn lanterns on when it's raining
    Version 0.2
    • Added the external prebuilt lantern files, so you can make your own prebuilt lanterns and share them with other pelople. Of course you can download lanterns from other pelople (or from this forum topic) and use them in-game
    Version 0.1
    • Plugin release
    • Player commands
    • Permissions
    • Multi world support
    • Prebuilt lanterns

    How to make your own prebuilt lantern:
    How to make your own prebuilt lantern (open)

    What are prebuilt lanterns?
    Prebuilt lanterns are a really usefull feature in Glowstone Lanterns. You could place a prebuilt lantern by enableling the prebuilt lantern mode and then by placing a glass block or any other lantern block as your usually do with the normal lantern blocks. When you done that a lantern will spawn, for example when you place a glass block a lantern will spawn with a wooden base, a wooden fence pole and a glass/glowstone lantern on it. You could also spawn other prebuilt lanterns which could be used to hang on the ceiling for example. They are just really usefull because they will automaticly create a lantern. So the basic thing why there are prebuilt lanterns are is because you could easily create any lantern you want by only placing a glass block.

    The possibility of prebuilt lanterns
    You probably ask yourself what kind of prebuilt lanterns there are... There are a few build-in prebuilt lanterns, like 12 lanterns or so, which contains a lantern for the ceiling, a few lanterns to place on the ground, and even a fireplace lantern which turns on fire when its night. The possibilities are endless, you could easily create your own prebuilt lanterns and enlarge your lantern collection. You could also share your own prebuilt lanterns with other people so they could use your own created lantern.

    How do they work?
    Prebuilt lanterns are saved in seperated files (for each lantern a file) inside the 'Prebuilt Lanterns' folder inside the Glowstone Lanterns folder of your server. You could easily add another file to add other lanterns. The name of the file equals to the name of the lantern in-game

    How does the files work?
    Here I'm going to explain you how the prebuilt lantern files work so you could easily edit or make another lantern.
    In the lantern file there are different rows, every block of the lantern is on another row in the file. So if you have a lantern with contains 3 blocks your lantern file will probably have 3 rows.
    So the lanterns are saved in the file block by block. If the base block of your lantern is a wooden block you need to add a line that says that the bottom block is a wooden block, if your pole on top of it is a wooden fence you need to say that the block above that wooden block is a fence, and lastly if your lantern block above that pole is a glass block which turns into glowstone at night you need to add a line which says that that block is a lantern block which is glass when its day and glowstone when its night.
    Underneath here I'll explain how your really write this yourself.

    How to make your own prebuilt lantern file
    Here you could see an example of the lantern I was talking about, a wooden base block, a wooden pole and a lantern block on top of it.
    On every line is another block of the lantern defined, every line does look a little bit like this;
    With this example I'm going to explain how every line work.
    The first three zero's seperated with commas is the location of the current block, the first zero is the coordinate X, the seccond Y and the last Z. Those coordinates are relative, that means that 0,0,0 is the place where the player plased the glass block to place the prebuilt lantern. When you change the seccond zero to 1 that block will be above the glass block which you could set as a wooden fence block.
    The false text will tell the plugin if the current block is a lantern block, if this is set to false as shown in the example it is a regulair block, if it is set to true it's a lantern block which does mean that this block will be changed to another type of material when its going to be night.
    There are 6 more zero's behind the false text. The first and the seccond zero could be used to set the block type. So if you want to place a wooden block you need to set the first zero to 5 because the block ID of a wooden block is 5.
    If you want to make a lantern block which changed when its night you need to set true/false to true at first which indicates that that block will be a lantern block. Then you could set in the first two zero's what kind of block that lantern block will be when it's day, the third and fourth zero are the block ID and the data value of the block how it will ook like when it's night and the last two are used for the block when it's raining. With a normal block which isn't a lantern you need to set those last four zero's to 0 since they arent used because it isn't a lantern block. I hope I explaind this feature a little bit clear since it's hard to explain.
    So underneath here you'll find a little other example which shows you the thing I explained you again.
    I hope this will make it a bit more clear.
    You could also add a line with nothing on it, just a blank line to seperate two groups of blocks for example. (this doesn't affect the lantern result, its just to make it easier to read the file yourself).
    And as last thing you could also add a line which starts with the following character #, then you could type anything you want behind it. This could be used to make a comment inside the file, for example you could make a line which tells someone who looks in the file that the lantern has been made by you. Because this line will start with a # character the plugin will know that this is a comment line so it doesn't affect the lantern result. Underneath here you could also see another example.
    So here you could see you could use a line with a # character as a comment line and that you could plase a blank line anywhere in the file. As I already said a lantern which contains 3 blocks should have a file with three lines, but now you know if you place a comment or a blank line in the file the file will contain more lines.
    So one last thing, EVERY feature of the file is seperated in lines, blocks, comment lines and blank lines, you couldn't make two blocks on a single line.

    Create your first prebuilt lantern
    Now we are going to make your first prebuilt lantern. We will make a lantern which will look like this. A wooden base block, with a wooden fence pole on it. Then a lantern block on the pole which will be glass when it's day, glowstone when it's night and a jack'o'lantern when it's raining. And lastly a wooden slab on top of the lantern block. So this lantern will contain 4 blocks, three regulair blocks and 1 lantern block.
    Now open a simple text editor (notepad in windows, textedit on a mac) or any other program where you could type text in and start creating the file.
    On the first line you probably want a commant that the lantern has been made by you, for example a line like this
    Now make a blank line underneath this comment line. Then start making the blocks.
    The first block will be a wooden block (block ID = 5) on coordinate 0,0,0 since it should be on the place where the user placed the glass block, this isn't going to be a lantern block, just a regulair block so write a line like this;
    Then make the wooden pole on top of the base block (wooden fence ID = 85).
    Then make a lantern block which should be a glass block when its day, at night it should be a glowstone lantern and when it's raining a jack'o'lantern. The ID of a glass block is 20, a glowstone block 89 and a jack'o'lantern block 91. So write a line like this.
    and now the last block, the wooden slab on top of the lantern. The ID for this slab is 44 with a data value of 2, otherwise the slab will be a regulair stone slab. This is also an example for the data value usage. Now write that line like htis
    now the lantern is finished, and of course if you want to could also add some more blank lines and comment lines on the bottom, like a copyright line or something.
    Now how to save the file, open your window where you could save the file, in windows notepad you need to go to the file menu and then click Save As. Just navigate to your desktop or any other directory and name the file 'example.gllantern'. Make sure you give the file the file-extention '.gllantern' or else the plugin isn't able to open the lantern. Now just save it as 'example.gllantern' to any directory you want and close the text editor. Now navigate to the directory where you saved the file (probably your desktop as I suggested). There is your lantern file, now place that file you made in the 'Prebuilt Lanterns' folder inside the 'Glowstone Lanterns' folder inside your plugins folder of your plugin. When you done that you could start your server and start using your lantern. Please note that your lantern has been called 'example' since you saved the file with the name 'example.gllantern', if you save/rename the file to 'lantern.gllantern' the lantern will be called 'lantern'. Underneath here I will show you how to place the lantern you made.

    How to place/use your lantern?
    Now you probably made your lantern and placed it into the prebuilt lanterns directory of the plugin, if you haven't placed the lantern you want to use into that folder you aren't able to use the lantern.
    When you are in-game and when you've started your server you could use the command '/gl list lanterns' to list all the available lanterns, so the lantern you added which is probably called 'example' should be in this list too, if it is you added your lantern succesfully.
    Now use the command '/gl l <name-of-lantern>' to enable the prebuilt lantern mode with a prebuilt lantern selected. So if your lantern is called example you need to use this command '/gl l example' to enable prebuilt lanterns mode with the example lantern selected. When you have selected and enabled the prebuilt lantern mode a message should popup that you enabled this mode.
    Now select a glass block or any other block which could be used to place a lantern block or a prebuilt lantern (configurable in the config file) and place it on the ground, and your own lantern magically appears! (if your lantern doesn't appear and an error pop's up in the console you know something is wrong with your lantern file, please read this text again and try it again). Now you could easily place your own lantern anywhere you want.

    I hope you understand how everything works know, if you know how it works it;s one of the easiest things to do!
    If you still don't know how to use this, please contact me on the Glowstone Lanterns bukkit.org forum page or anywhere else so I could answer your question.
    Please also take a look at the build-in prebuilt lanterns because they could help you a lot!

    Suggestions, Ideas and bugs
    If you have a suggestion or an idea, please tell me and maybe I will add it to the plugin!
    If you found any bug please tell me I will fix it as fast as I can.

    Please donate some money so I can buy some coffee to make better plugins, I really like it if you give a donation!

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    Tim Visee

    Currently you can only use glowstone and glass, thats right so it isn't a but, currently im writing a new version where you can change any blocks to anything you want, also by prebuild lanterns, you can change lava to water for example. Im also adding the feature that you can change ANY block to glowstone by using the /gl command.. So you just need to wait a little while I think
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    glowstonelanterns.info: true , doesnt work, says I dont have permissions for that
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    Tim Visee

    Really? I will check this bug and fix it soon! Thanks for the bug submission :)
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    news? I see the build number changed...
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    Tim Visee

    No, not really. It still 'works' on the bukkit 1149 version...
    Btw, about that stupid bug. I think there's no way to fix it, it another plugin that conflicts with this one, probably its spout, bukkitContrip or something like that that uses hidden things in the minecraft server. The only way to fix it is asking that plugin developer if you know what plugin conflicts with it to change something so that it doen't happend anymore... I checked the wole code a LOT of time, more than 15 times really carfully and can't find anything strange, there's also nothing that will break the server, and btw this plugin CANT break the server.. so Im really sure its another plugin, like spout or bukkitcontrib as I already said because it hooks into the whole server...
    I hope you understand this because Im just 14, dyslectic and Netherlands and english isn't my best language.
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    K i understand, I am planning on going threw all the plugins myself to see what is causing it. But a buddy of mine and I were running around and had an Idea... use the glowstone idea but with Dirt blocks and when it rains (only no time change) then the exposed dirt would be Soul Sand... so it is like mud.

    Hopfully after the 1.8 update, GL may work with the other plugins.
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    Tim Visee

    k, yes its better to check every pluign...
    btw, about the idea.. Im planning that you can change anything in the prebuilt lanterns, set every object to a diferent one when it rains, when its day or when its night. So you can add this idea to a prebuild lantern... Set its default to dirt and when it rains it changes to soulsand.
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    Pretty sicknasty plugin I have to say.
    I mean come on, PREBUILTS! Who doesn't like prebuilts?
    And as soon as craftbukkit (NEW) comes out, then this should be one of the first plugins updated.
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    Waiting for this to get updated. I don't know why, but half of my glowstone lanterns don't switch from glass to glowstone. Help?
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    Tim Visee

    Maybe they aren't saved... Btw, check your lanterns list, its also possible that that part of the world isn't loaded, I don't know if that's possible, but it maybe is. I never tested it.. Ok yes, check your lanterns list first :)
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    that has happened to me as well
    i know its not due to map loading issues
    its at the spawn point
    and none of the lanterns work
    which i dont understand why they didnt get saved
    they were working when i placed em
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    Tim Visee

    Hmm, really strange! So I thing they arent saved, maybe it's because the server was stopped without the stop command, you need to use it because other wise it wouldn't be saved, maybe, but probably not, the plugin get an signal if the server stops and saves the lanterns, also, I think every hour, I need to check that It saves the lanterns automaticly too. But probably something goes wrong with the saving, I use the Java standard and the best saving thing so I don't understand what goes wrong.
    So you said if you place a lantern it works, have you checked this, if you place a lantern and stop the server, start it again and will the lantern work or not?
    Maybe its better if I also add a backup function, that will backup the lanterns, and if the lanterns list is blank, and the backup contains a lot of lanterns that it will be copyed back. But if you maybe now anything more that can help me, please tell.
    I run a server to for 20 of my minecraft friends and of course I also use my plugin, I run it for a long while, this plugin version even before it released it and it never happend, even not with all the previous versions, so I think its really strange!
    (Long message :p)
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    Danin Fuchs

    First things first - I love this plugin. It's handy, it's sleek, and it adds a fantastic feature to the game, no messing around required. It Just Works(tm) and I love that.. However, having said that...

    Can we please, please, please, PLEASE have the ability to remove the infotext every time a world changes cycles? My server runs seven worlds right now, some with modified day/night schedules..I come back after sleeping and have to sort through page after page of Day in X, set lanterns..night in Y set lanterns..day in Y set lanterns.. Honestly it's so annoying I'm close to removing it. 80% of my log traffic, literally, is this plugin. This makes it pretty hard to check for errors - I had to make a script -just- to parse the log and remove those lines, to make sure nothing evil happened while I was away.

    With that, I can't think of anything else I'd change about the plugin itself. Keep up the good work. ;)
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    Tim Visee

    Yes thanks for the response. I also was anoyed because if this stupid messages, I just released a 1.4 prerelease 2 weeks ago, you can find in a post in this thread, but you probably didn't see it, isn't strange! Im not really sure if that version works with the prebuild lanterns, I mean if you can place them, but as I said you can put those messages of in the config.yml (IN THE 1.4 PRERELEASE VERSION!), if the prebuild lanterns place works, or don't work, can you tell me!?
    Here you can find the donwload link of the 1.4 preprelease version... (make sure you're logged in on the bukkit forums, because this file is hosted on the forum. Oh and, sorry, this is an adfly link, I cant find the regular link right now)
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    Tim Visee

    I read the message you send me, and its fine. But I must say again, you may find this usefull to ban more adfly links, adfly have a service to short adfly link with the URL adf.ly, but you must know they also have 2 other services (j.gs, and q.gs)!
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    its a bit buggy, on mine, at night it changes to glowstone but at day it stays as glowstone, then i destroy it and replace it with a new glowstone lantern but it still does that plz help thx
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    Amazing plugin, this is the only one that I've found that works 100% correctly.
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    Tim Visee

    Thanks! :)

    Hmm, really strange, so you doesn't restart your server every 10 minutes I think, so there's probably no problem with saving the lanterns. I suggest to check if its day again and the lanterns are still glowstone if you login again if the lanterns are turned to glass, that would be really helpfull, if you understand. So yes, it's also possible that the lanterns doesnt turn to glowstone, have you changed anything in the config file, that may cause the problem, I mean if you changed the time when lanterns turn to glass again or something?

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    i haven't changed something in the config file, but i noticed it happened everytime i restarted the server

    i haven't changed something in the config file, but i noticed it happened everytime i restarted the server

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    Rick Boss

    I am having this same issue. I have to destroy and replace these blocks; and that's only even a temporary fix. I would love a fix to this, I love this plugin!
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    Tim Visee

    K, this isn't a bug in the plugin because on my server and a lot of other servers it works. Check if the plugin sais in the console when it starts if a file is not found or something...
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    Rick Boss

    alright, well i'll observe it and see if I can figure out what's going on. It's the same four every time...which is even more weird. and the plugin doesn't report any wrong-doings to the console, I don't believe.
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    Tim Visee

    No I don't believe it too! Its really strange, sorry, but I don't know what's going on right now, really sorry!
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    it said it didnt close down properly
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    Tim Visee

    K, that would be really helpfull, what does it exactly said?
    '[Glowstone Lanterns] File * not found!' or something?
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    it says: [SEVERE] Nag author: '<NoAuthorGiven>' of 'Glowstone Lanterns' about the following: This plugin is not properly shutting down its async tasks when it is being reloaded. This may cause conflicts with the newly loaded version of the plugin
    2011-09-24 18:51:10 plz helppp i reload my server and this happens (well actually it was like that since i contacted you) thx
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    Tim Visee

    What? I never saw that! I will check this!

    I also suggest to use the /gl save comand and check if the plugin said something strange in the server console!

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    thx im looking forward to this plugin working!

    ok but is there a way to make the autosave every 5 minutes?

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    Tim Visee

    No sorry, currently not, the lanterns will be saved every hour or something automaticly, I will try to add this feature in the new version, but I need to do a lot of things in all my plugins so I don't know when Im finished, but I will try to add this soon.

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