Affects Version/s: Minecraft 14w32a, Minecraft 1.8, Minecraft 1.8.1, Minecraft 1.8.2-pre1, Minecraft 1.8.2-pre6
Fix Version/s: None
New overview for clarity:
(Terminology used: Golden Rail == minecraft:golden_rail <powered=false>, Powered Rail == minecraft:golden_rail <powered=true>, <this is a block state>)
Powered rails do not update properly when being powered. Because they store their power value in a boolean (yes/no), when a powered rail that is powered through the conductivity of golden rails receives power from a redstone power source, the power does not continue to propagate down the line. As long as any specific golden rail does not receive an update, it cannot change state.
The first case in the gif above is the most obvious case: if you power a powered rail, then the other rails do not update until receiving an outside update. This can be used for minecart stations, as in Sancarn's Evolution of a Minecart Station series. This case is just annoying and can be useful when playing with BUD creations.
It is possible to power an infinitely long line of golden rail with only one power source. To replicate, simply make a line of golden rail and then power each one with a redstone torch, then remove the torches from one side, leaving the last one. The rail remains powered. This case could be considered an exploit of game mechanics. It is possible to set this up using only two torches, but this setup is easier to understand.
This is more likely a implementation flaw than a bug, but deserves to be documented.
- minecraft:golden_rail replaces it's boolean <powered> with a four bit integer <power> from 0-9.
- A <power> of 0 is unpowered, like the old <powered=false>, and a <power> between 1 and 9 acts like the old <powered=true>.
- When minecraft:golden_rail receives a redstone update, it first checks to see it is receiving a redstone signal, like normal, and if so, sets it's <power> to 9. It then propagates a redstone update to all adjacent blocks, as would a piece of redstone updating it's power level.
- If there are no direct redstone signals for the block, the block then checks for adjacent minecraft:golden_rail. If it finds one with a <powered> > 0, it takes the highest adjacent <power> and sets it's own <power> to the adjacent <power> - 1. It then propagates a redstone update to all adjacent blocks, as would a piece of redstone updating it's power level.
Possible feature creep by change:
- Since block state is tied to the rendering system, brightness level of golden rail's glow depending on <power>.
- Redstone signal strength into golden rail determines how far the power propagates.
- Different speed boost depending on <power>.
(Is there any way to collapse this?)
This is one of the stranger bugs I have encountered, and hard to explain with text. For clarity, I have created a video.
(Sorry for awkwardness - I've only recorded a couple videos so far)
Content of the Video:
Powered Rails in minecraft only store their power as a boolean (yes/no), unlike redstone.
Because of this, it is possible to trick a powered rail into thinking it is powered when it should not be, or vice versa.
Normally, power in powered rails travels eight blocks away from the source. If you place a source down along this length (where it does not provide a redstone update to the unpowered rails), no unpowered rails update to the powered state. If you create a line of completely powered track and destroy the power sources in a way that no rail that should no longer be powered receives a redstone update, no rail depowers.
Steps to reproduce:
- Create a line of powered rail
- Place down a redstone torch to power it
- Place down another redstone torch on the powered bit that does not provide a redstone update to the unpowered rail
- Note no rail gets power until manually updated
- Create a flat line of powered rail
- Place redstone torches all along the side
- From one side, destroy all the torches but the last one in order
- Note no rail gets depowered
Have powered rail store power in the same way redstone does, rather than just a boolean.
Possible featurecreep enabled by above solution:
- More/Less speed depending on power?
- Redstone level put into rail effects how many powered rail are powered? (redstone's power: value converts linearly to powered rail's power: value)
- More balance for possible return of faster minecarts?