Inactive [TP/MECH] Nethrar v2.3.1 - No-command minecart supporting Nether / multiworld portals [1.3.1]

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    akrieger

    Nethrar - Unrestrictive Nether / multiworld portals, with ridden and riderless minecart and boat support, and many options for the power server admin.

    Version: v2.3.1 (Dev v2.3.2a)

    Nethrar is a Nether portal implementation that aims for simplicity and as unrestricted usage as possible. Portals are created and used almost exactly like in SSP. Build a portal, light it on fire, and go! No commands, no required Permissions, and nothing else meta-gamey to use. Spatial compression is implemented, with configuration settings allowing varying ratios, even a Nether which is larger than the Normal world it is attached to! Portal pairs are automatically created, and even saved between reloads.
    Nitty gritty details (open)
    A somewhat conservative heuristic is used to link portals in the smaller world to portals in the larger world (the Nether is the 'smaller' world, usually), to avoid portal spamming the larger world. Additionally, portals will never destroy a pre-existing portal; rather, they will simply link to that portal.
    Stepping into a portal in one world will first try to find a portal to link to in the destination world, then build a new one if none is found. The tl;dr version of this search is "Is there a portal in the destination world, that, if newly created and stepped into, would link to this portal in this world?" If so, link to that portal, otherwise build a new one. What determines whether a portal in one world links to one in the destination world? Essentially, if the hypothetical 'perfectly positioned' counterpart, in the destination world, to the first world's portal would conflict / intersect with an existing portal in the destination world, then the already-present portal is chosen as the destination. Note that this overall strategy is to prevent creating portals unless absolutely necessary, but can make generating distinct unique portal pairs in close proximity difficult.
    If you really want to know what the name comes from, you can ask, but it's really not important.

    Features:
    • Drop-and-go: defaults provide full, basic SSP-like functionality for most servers. Just drop the .jar file into your plugins directory. Nethrar should now be able to guess most parameters, but if there is any doubt, check the generated worlds.yml file. **Current bug: due to changes in the way configurations work, the default worlds.yml file is no longer generated. This will get fixed in the next release.**
    • Total multiworld support. Whatever arbitrary world configurations you wanted, now you can have them.
    • Portals 'remember' their destination, so world loops are possible. For example, if I have it set up that portals from world A go to world B, and portals in world B go to world C, and then finally portals in C go to A, what would happen if I build a portal in A, which leads to B, and then step back through it? I will go back to A, not to C. This 'memory' is preserved with clean server shutdowns.
    • Facing, orientation, and when applicable velocity, are preserved going through the portal, for the smoothest transition possible for players.
    • Minecarts carrying players function seamlessly. Minecart tracks should lead to and from the portal on both sides, on the same elevation, for minecarts to work properly.
    • Minecarts can now go through portals riderless! Powered minecarts are not supported, but empty minecarts and storage carts both go in and out unassisted. For best results, use with the force-chunk-loading feature.
    • Boats can be driven through portals too! If you are linking between two water worlds, or a water and normal world, you can now paddle through between the two.
    • Chunk keep-alive: For servers strapped on disk IO, or lower-performance servers, teleporting can be a real bummer for everyone on the server. Nethrar can be configured to keep chunks loaded in a radius around portals, increasing RAM usage, but decreasing the amount of resulting lag from teleporting through portals.
    • World blocks: Each world can have a 'world block' assigned to it, like wool or a gold block or stone. If you create a portal with a particular world's world blocks in the top two corners, then that portal will link to that particular world. This lets you make permanent 'special' portals that go places regular ones won't.
    • Custom world generator support for any world.
    • Configurable settings include:
      • whether to use permissions or not.
      • whether to redirect respawns or not.
      • how many chunks around a portal to keep loaded.
      • whether to allow riderless vehicles.
      • how much debug logging to print (currently there is very little even at the most verbose setting, this is more for helping me with debugging).
    • It works.
    **** Important Note: You should turn off the default Nether functionality if you are going to use Nethrar. Failing to do so can cause random and unpredictable double teleports, teleport loops, or worse. Set "allow-nether=false" in server.properties, or add it at the end. This will notdelete your existing Nether, it will just prevent the portals from teleporting you if you stand too close for too long. ****

    Download Nethrar (.jar, config, worlds) (.tar.gz, .zip)
    Dev build: (.jar). Changes: see my post.

    Source (github) (LGPL licensed)

    Configuration / Installation, most people: Download Nethrar.jar. Put it in your plugins/ directory. For most people, this is enough.

    Configuration / Installation, fewer people: If you had trouble with worlds not being what you expect, or if you want more power, then do the following. The plugin will put a config.yml inside a directory called "Nethrar" in the plugins/ directory. Set the following parameters in config.yml for your particular server. Also, edit worlds.yml to describe the world setup YOU want for your server. Assign the relevant Permissions nodes as you see fit.
    config.yml (open)
    Code:
    # Set to true to use Permissions, otherwise everyone gets
    # all permissions.
    usePermissions: false
    # Set to false to use builtin vanilla respawning behavior.
    listen:
        respawn: true
    # Set to some number > 0 if you experience server-wide lag
    # when anyone teleports.
    forceLoadRadius: 0
    # Set to true to allow minecarts / boats to pass through a
    # portal without a Player passenger.
    riderlessVehicles: false
    # Set to 1 or 2 to increase the amount of console messages
    # Nethrar will show.
    debugLevel: 0
    
    worlds.yml (open)
    Code:
    world:
            environment: normal
            destination: world_nether
            scale: 8
    world_nether:
    # Note that the environment field is *required*
            environment: nether
            destination: world
            scale: 1
            peaceful: false
            respawnTo: world
    # Add more worlds here, or edit the ones above as you see fit.
    # For example, to make a loop of normal -> Nether -> SkylandsPlus -> first normal, do the following:
    # world:
    #        environment: normal
    #        destination: world_nether
    #        scale: 8
    #        worldBlock: 57
    #        ^ Any portal made with diamond blocks in the corners will link to 'world'.
    # world_nether:
    #        environment: nether
    #        destination: world_skylands
    #        scale: 1
    #        peaceful: false
    #        worldBlock: 42
    #        ^ Any portal made with iron blocks in the corners will link to 'world_nether'
    # world_skylands:
    #        environment: normal
    #      worldGenerator:
    #              name: SkylandsPlus
    #              args: if there were any args to pass to your world generator, they would go here
    #        destination: world
    #        scale: 8
    #        worldBlock: 41
    #        ^ Any portal made with gold blocks in the corners will link to the 'world_skylands'
    # Note that to make a SkylandsPlus world, you'll first need the SkylandsPlus mod, which you can get [URL='http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/skylandsplus/']here[/URL].
    Permissions (open)
    Code:
    # Allows usage of Nethrar portals.
    nethrar.use
    # Allows usage of Nethrar teleportation.
    nethrar.tp
    Commands (open)
    Code:
    # Teleports the invoking player to the destination world.
    # Places a single block of glass at the destination under the feet.
    /nethrar tp world 
    Not issues:
    • "I'm using MinecartMania and when I go through a portal I don't keep moving!" Obsidian is the default "minecart stopper" block in MinecartMania. Either power the obsidian block on both sides of the portal with redstone, or change the stopper block to be something other than obsidian.
    • Transitioning between worlds can be a little laggy. I am trying to mitigate this, the Bukkit devs and community are making great progress making teleports suck less, but there is nothing we know of that we haven't done to make things better. Sorry.
    • "Help I fall and sometimes die when I teleport between worlds!" Best thing I can say is: make sure you're running an up-to-date build of CraftBukkit, and it's lag-related, but it's nothing I believe I can solve any more than I have already tried.
    • "Why didn't I respawn at my bed?" Recent versions of CB should fix this, and Nethrar will support this soon as well even with respawn redirects.
    • "Help I am always respawning in the default world." Unless you are using Nethrar respawn redirects to keep people who die in one world to respawn in the same world, this is working as the Bukkit devs seem to want it to work.
    Known issues:
    • Chunks can sometimes, but less commonly with newer (860+) builds of CB, fail to load when transitioning between worlds, and only load on relog. Portals can also stop functioning when this occurs. Set "forceLoadRadius" in config.yml to something greater than 0 (reports say that 4 tends to work, I would recommend something between 2 and 4).
    • Camera orientation is not preserved when travelling through a portal in a minecart. I suspect some deeper issue with the server when putting a player into a minecart.
    Potential future development (open)

    • Pre-emptively generate or load chunks in the Nether which are 'known to be needed.'
    • Allow minecarts with any passengers to teleport between worlds. Works best with force-loaded chunks to enable physics with no players present.
    • Enable teleportation of *any* entity - animals, mobs, mobiles, etc.
    • Auto-link / generate nether for new normal worlds, as option.
    • Teleport delay. Obviously incompatible with vehicles.
    • Per-world End support., if possible.
    A note about future development: This is a side project first and foremost. Development was primarily driven by my and my friend's needs on our personal server, and future development will be heavily influenced by that. If there is sufficient demand by the general public and users, then I can implement other features, but I am not compelled or otherwise forced to do so. Just FYI.
    Changelog:
    Version 2.3.1:
    • 1.2.4-R1.0 support.
    • No major changes besides updating to remove deprecated API usage.
    Version 2.3:
    • 1.1-R3 API support.
    • Added support for custom world generators. Environment is still required, add key values worldGenerator.name to specify a world generator plugin, worldGenerator.args for additional args for the generator.
    Older changes (open)
    Version 2.2.1:
    • Removed 'physics!' spam.
    Version 2.2:
    • 1.0.1-R1 support.
    • Added support for teleporting to The End. Set the target world's enviroment to 'the_end' or the equivalent. Portals might not be able to be reignited once in The End, so beware!
    • Misc fixes and logging.
    Version 2.1:
    • Implemented world blocks. World can have an optional "worldBlock" property, an integer, defining a block ID for that world's "worldBlock." Any portal made with that block in the top two corners will link to that world.
    • Updated to use Bukkit builtin permissions. You must use a compatible permissions plugin to use this. Read http://forums.bukkit.org/threads/permissions-faq.25080/ for more information.
    • Still uses sync threads to do teleportation.
    Version 2.0:
    • Added easier drop-and-go installation code and support.
    • Added true multiworld support. See worlds.yml for syntax and examples.
    • Added per-world custom destination world.
    • Added per-world custom destination world for respawns.
    • Added command "/nethrar tp world"; Use it as a server admin to get between worlds to set up portals for people.
    • Added portal destination persistence to help with more complicated world setups.
    Version 1.5.1:
    • Fixed teleporting when riding a minecart so that everything happens in a thread, instead of half in a thread and half synchronously (it's not okay to be a passenger of a vehicle in another world, eh?).
    Version 1.5:
    • Fixed "moved too fast" issue causing disconnects. Unfortunate side effect: teleports exhibit just a wee bit of lag before actuall occuring once you hit a portal. Depends on the server's load at the time. This will have to wait for if/when the Bukkit team fixes the checks around that disconnect.
    • Riderless minecart teleportation! Hidden Netherworld logic, long-distance unassisted storage cart teleportation, possibilities abound! Supposedly will work great with Evercart.
    • Boats! Now you can enable your crazy multiworld water coaster. Not tested as thoroughly as it should have been, buyer beware...
    • Various refactoring to help prepare for Nethrar v2.0.
    Version 1.4:
    • Added option for it to always be night in the Nether (default true).
    • Changed Permissions support to default to false, change to true if you want to use Permissions.
    • Added chunk loading prior to teleporting through portals, to help alleviate more transition issues.
    • Nethrar now generates a config file if one is not found.
    • Added some checking around where Nethrar determines which block a player has interacted with, due to people reporting a situation where a player can be "in a vehicle" but either the vehicle, or it's location, are null. This will help prevent NPEs.
    Version 1.3:
    • Added configuration option to enable a 'peaceful' Nether, empty of Ghasts and Pig zombies.
    • Switched to using a more polite chunk unloading function.
    Version 1.2:
    • Added configuration option to keep chunks loaded in a variable sized radius around portals. Set "forceLoadRadius" in config.yml to > 0 if you are having issues with falling or with chunks not loading after transitioning.
    • Added "NethrarMinecartTeleportEvent" which is called after a player is teleported with a minecart. Plugin devs, listen for this event if your plugin does things with minecarts, and needs to know when minecarts suddenly move or get added/deleted.
    Version 1.1:
    • Added Permissions support for permission node "nethrar.use" - give users this permission to enable use of Nethrar.
    Version 1.0:
    • First release, with minecarts and conservative portal linking and configurable spatial compression, etc.



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    dvdbrander

    Any idea when you will add support for worlds larger than 128? I was thinking about some y-scale option, so you can make portals in the overworld at y 100 go to portals in the nether at y 50 or so. (problem of this is that the sea level won't match any more...)
     
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    Sorken

    akrieger
    Since updating to that dev version users are no longer allowed into nether. Did you change the permission node from nethrar.use to something else?

    Edit:
    I can get in non-op with '*' as nodes though. So it seems permission based.
    Using dev build 2292 of 1.3.1.

    Edit2:
    After searching a bit, i noticed that the dev version also required nethrar.goto.<world>. So sorry for bothering, it works fine when i add that.
     
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    akrieger

    I've had this functionality in a dev build for a while, you can grab it at http://dev.bukkit.org/server-mods/nethrar/?comment=73. Note the additional world teleportation permission requirement.

    My bad, there's two dev builds floating around. I'll consolidate them and compile a list of all the changes into one place. Sorry for the inconvenience!
     
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    akrieger

    The 1.3.1 RB should work just fine with all of your current Nethrar versions.
     
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    akrieger

    Official 2.3.2 beta build available: https://github.com/downloads/akrieger/Nethrar/Nethrar-beta.jar. Sorry it took so long, figuring out the scale/clamp/wrap thing for managing differently-heighted worlds was tough.

    Full list of changes:
    • Added 'height' attribute to worlds, most useful for Nether worlds. Nethers still only generate with a max height of 128, but you can theoretically build up to 256 anyway. Use the 'height' attribute to prevent players from building portals which appear above the bedrock ceiling. It defines the maximum height at which a portal can be auto-generated in the world. Example at the bottom.
    • Added a 'heightScaleMode' attribute to worlds. Only useful if you also use the 'height' attribute. Possible values are 'clamp', 'scale', and 'wrap.' These work like so:
      • clamp: Portals that would appear higher than the destination world's height will instead appear at exactly the maximum height, or 8 lower from the max. 8 lower is to protect the bedrock roof in the Nether from being accidentally pierced. The 8 lower rule can be changed to always be applied if needed. This is the default behavior, to preserve legacy worlds with very built out infrastructure in the Nether that matches similar construction in the normal world, when it was limited to height 128.
      • scale: This behaves like normal scaling does between the real world and the Nether. In this case, if you set the height of the Nether to 128, and assume the normal world is height 256, then you simply divide the y coordinate by 2 when going from the normal world to the Nether, and back again. This is the *recommended* method for new worlds going forward, when you regenerate the Nether, but is not the default.
      • wrap: This one is weird. It is a combination of clamp and scale. When calculating the y coordinate, you take the *modulus* of the coordinate and the destination world's height. So, if you built a portal at y=140 in the real world, going to the Nether, it would end up at y = (140 % 128) = 12. Modulus is the remainder after division. This is not recommended, but is provided because I can imagine some people wanting it.
    • Added a new permission node, nethrar.block.<worldname>. If a player *has* this permission, they will be *blocked* from going to that world. This is different from the previous beta build, because this way I can add it without breaking existing Permissions setups. Sorry for those of you using the previous beta, you'll need to update.
    • Added damage value option for specifying world blocks. Now you can use blue wool and orange wool to go to two different worlds.
    Code:
    world_nether:
            height: 128
            heightScaleMode: clamp
            worldBlock: 35/11 # this is blue wool
     
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    po5

    Very nice plugin. Im using the beta version and so far there are no problems. Portals do not generate "outside" the nether even thou they are built far up the sky on the Overworld. Also the plugin is easy to configure, and just does a very good job. Kudos to you my friend.
     
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    akrieger

    Well thank you. Enjoy!
     
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    akrieger

    News flash: Nethrar *mostly* works with the 1.4.2 beta.

    Very important information: You must set allow-nether=false in server.properties otherwise Nethrar will not work correctly. The new teleportation system introduced in 1.4 will actually pre-empt Nethrar, causing you to teleport in very wacky ways.

    Also, if you are riding in a vehicle through a portal, you will come through the other side 'partially attached' to the vehicle. In the server's mind, you're in the vehicle, but to the client, you are not. I am trying to work around this, and if I can't, will file a bug against Bukkit to get it fixed. This has happened at least once before.

    Edit: bug is https://bukkit.atlassian.net/browse/BUKKIT-2899
     
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    Dustin Drake

    Hi, I just downloaded your plugin. Did everything you said.
    When I look in the Nethrar folder I do not see any world.yml.
    What do I need to do?
     
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    akrieger

    Hey, fortunately, you don't need to do anything if you're happy with it. Otherwise, there are links in the post to download some default ones, here's the link again: https://raw.github.com/akrieger/Nethrar/master/worlds.yml

    You can then edit it however you want. Enjoy!
     

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