[Modpack] Plantlife [rolling release] [plantlife_modpack]

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Inocudom » Sun Sep 07, 2014 14:43

I really don't think the vines mod will be worked on ever again. Maybe it could be added to this modpack?
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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by balthazariv » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:00

VanessaE wrote:Ok, remove your change and try updating plantlife. See if the change I just pushed fixes it.


It works again.

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by VanessaE » Thu Oct 02, 2014 08:36

Update: For those who have not been watching the commit log, I have pushed a performance update in the past couple of days that massively smooths out the latency of this modpack. Unlike previous attempts, this one actually has numbers to back it up. Just figured I would hang back a bit and let some choice folks test it more before announcing. :-D

What the code does now is, rather than adding stuff in one big gulp when the engine's mapgen runs, the code just logs the mapgen's activities and exits without changing anything. At the same time (more or less), the code "plays back" the current contents of that log via a globalstep, and it's at this time that the code adds all of the plants, saplings, trees, molehills, and everything else, one "registered action" per globalstep. Many thanks to sapier for this idea.

The total throughput is about the same as before, so it'll still take just as much real time for the terrain to be fully populated, but now the maximum lag is now only a tiny fraction of what it was: the numbers I've seen via Minetest's builtin profiler now hover at around 200 or so milliseconds in this new code, versus upwards of 15 seconds in the old code.

This means that you can actually DO stuff while the terrain is being created (e.g. inventory operations, chat commands, build/dig actions, etc), and it keeps the code from stalling out a multiplayer server nearly as easily when players are exploring new terrain.

This comes with a small cost: instead of everything just appearing in its fully-completed form after some time, the foliage is now laid down in layers, and you can actually see this happening. Unless you're using a 486, this probably won't bother you.

There are still more performance tweaks to be made, as well as perhaps some further anti-lag tuning if it turns out this is needed. Watch this space for updates.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by ExeterDad » Fri Oct 03, 2014 02:39

Oh! Time for a update. I can always tell when my kids are off exploring. My pathetic server starts tasting it's spleen. Anxious to give you a followup. Ummmm... Will this be safe to update on a existing world?
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by VanessaE » Fri Oct 03, 2014 02:49

Yep, it should be fine on old worlds too - it has been tested in this way also.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Zeno » Fri Oct 03, 2014 03:12

ExeterDad wrote:Ummmm... Will this be safe to update on a existing world?


I've been testing it for about 6 or 7 days on Onez' Server and not noticed anything unexpected.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Michael Eh? » Sat Oct 04, 2014 20:22

New bush please... coffee!
return of grapes?
craft coffee into pot and cup of coffee. Paper cups instead of clay unless cups are reusable.

How about just 'IVY' and not just poison ivy for decorative on buildings?

How about Apple pies, banana bread, chocolate cake and hot chocolate to make use of cocoa, banana and apples already out there?
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by VanessaE » Sun Oct 05, 2014 20:16

Ivy (like Virginia creeper or kudzu?) might be a good idea. Grapevines too, perhaps. Coffee is doable also. Those various foods, though, seem like they belong (or are already) in rubenwardy's food mod though.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Sokomine » Mon Oct 06, 2014 00:02

Michael Eh? wrote:New bush please... coffee!
return of grapes?

Mauvebics hydro mod has coffee, grapes, habaneros, peas, tomatoes and rose bushes. Hydro was aimed mostly at greenhouses or underground plantations. Two or three node high grapes - which regrow their fruits after some time - would be very decorative in the landscape. That is, as manually planted plants.
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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by ExeterDad » Mon Oct 06, 2014 00:09

VanessaE wrote:Ivy (like Virginia creeper or kudzu?) might be a good idea. Grapevines too, perhaps. Coffee is doable also. Those various foods, though, seem like they belong (or are already) in rubenwardy's food mod though.

I'm a fan of Virginia Creeper. Especially this time of the year when it goes scarlet.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by ExeterDad » Mon Oct 06, 2014 01:05

BTW I don't have numbers... but your latest performance update has DRASTICALLY improved my server performance when new map is generated. How much I can't be sure since when updating, I also installed the snow mod which surely would slow things down.
Before (old plantlife. and no snow) when flying in new world... I could go for about 15 seconds til I hit the edge of the world. I would have to wait for 20 seconds or so before more map would come in. Now I can fly and new world shows before I cross the line. And this is with the new snow mod running as well.
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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by DarkgarX » Mon Oct 06, 2014 13:20

VanessaE wrote:Sounds like I did something right ;-)


This mod is beautiful! Great work, I will definitely be using this in our second season streaming setup in Nov-Dec-ish. So lush and fabulous :)
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Fritigern » Tue Oct 14, 2014 08:09

I know that flowers are part of this modpack, but i can't seem to find any in newly generated worlds. I wonder why.
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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Topywo » Tue Oct 14, 2014 08:14

Fritigern wrote:I know that flowers are part of this modpack, but i can't seem to find any in newly generated worlds. I wonder why.


Flowers is a mod of minetest_game.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Fritigern » Tue Oct 14, 2014 08:24

Topywo wrote:
Fritigern wrote:I know that flowers are part of this modpack, but i can't seem to find any in newly generated worlds. I wonder why.


Flowers is a mod of minetest_game.


Are you hovering around the forum waiting to pounce people that appear to have made a mistake? Way to get your number of posts up.
If you read closely, you will see that i said "flowers are ..." not "flowers is ...". So I was obviously NOT talking about the mod called flowers.
Now please, take your snark elsewhere, or actually TRY to be helpful.
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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by VanessaE » Tue Oct 14, 2014 14:29

Indeed, flowers are supplied by minetest_game, not by Plantlife. What this modpack includes with it is waterlilies, seaweed, and one or two other similar things - only the stuff that used to be part of the standard flowers mod before those basic flowers were imported into minetest_game, and whatever I've added since.

Since waterlilies and so forth got left out of the game's version of the flowers mod, I kept them in Plantlife and renamed my version of that mod to flowers_plus.

I don't know for sure why you're not seeing any regular flowers, but I know you use the mg mod on some of your worlds. Since that mod supplies a custom mapgen, could it be the reason? I don't know what its settings are regarding flowers.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Fritigern » Wed Oct 15, 2014 04:18

VanessaE wrote:I don't know for sure why you're not seeing any regular flowers, but I know you use the mg mod on some of your worlds. Since that mod supplies a custom mapgen, could it be the reason? I don't know what its settings are regarding flowers.


mg definitely added flowers to the (green) biomes, but with plantlife added, the only flowers are the ones found in village gardens.
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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Minetestforfun » Thu Oct 16, 2014 18:00

Hi VanessaE,

Many players (with me), think the pebble have too many nodes, it's not very "minetest like"...
For the moment the pebble have around 10/15 nodes, but it's very ugly...

Please, can you change the model of the pebble or, give us a possibility to have a 1/2/3 node pebble model ?
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by jp » Thu Oct 16, 2014 18:03

Minetestforfun wrote:give us a possibility to have a 1/2/3 node pebble model ?

Here is your easy solution : viewtopic.php?f=14&t=2840
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by VanessaE » Thu Oct 16, 2014 18:29

I'm pretty happy with the shape and size of the pebbles actually. I see no reason to change them right now, especially with mesh nodes coming VERY soon (as in, I've played with the code myself just in the past 24 hours). Once those go into mainline, we will no longer be restricted to boxy, pixelated-looking stuff; I may redesign the pebble then. We'll see.
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by Carnildo » Sun Oct 19, 2014 21:06

While working on reconciling plants_lib's biomes with those of the Watershed map generator, I noticed that plants_lib uses PerlinNoise() rather than minetest.get_perlin(). As I understand it, PerlinNoise() ignores the world seed, which would mean that plants_lib's biomes don't change from world to world. Is there a reason plant_lib does things this way?
 

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Re: [Modpack] Plantlife [git rolling release][plantlife_modp

by VanessaE » Sun Oct 19, 2014 22:46

Actually there's no particular reason at all - in fact you can see that I use both methods within the code.

The temperature and humidity noises written that way was probably just an artifact of learning how to use perlin noise. I just never rewrote it.
 

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