SYWT: Influence ore distribution in Bukkit / Tekkit


Welcome to another installment of So You Want To: !

Today i’m going to give You a quick overview of what You can do to control the ore distribution in the worlds of Your Bukkit/Tekkit server.

First of all You’ll need to download the Bukkit plugin Mineral Veins which You unpack to Your server’s plugins folder. If that folder doesn’t exist You can just create it. I know it says it’s for CB1.1 on the download page but it works just fine on the recent CB builds even with mods like Tekkit.

Upon server start all new chunks generated will have the ore-distribution applied as they are configured in Your server’s \plugins\Mineral Vein\config.yml. A couple of config examples have been posted in the plugins development thread.

Depending on what You want to do You can either add to the ore generated by default or have the plugin replace the “vanilla” ore with its own distribution logic. The setting mode: add or mode: replace toggles that behavior in Your config. For indepth information on all the settings please refer to these video tutorials or the readme file i added to the download below!

The config i currently use for testing a new world on Tekkit 3.1.1 includes settings for all vanilla minecraft overworld ore and all of Tekkits ore’s and gem’s (Copper, Silver, Tungsten, Uranium, Ruby, Sapphire, …) I even added some nether blocks (Glowstone, …) to be generated in the desert biome to save on server memory by not allowing entry to nether or end.

You may download my config here, then overwrite the file in Your \plugins\Mineral Vein\ folder with the Zip contents or copy and paste everything into a new config.yml from the codebox below:

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Be aware that this config is cheaty and i would not recommend running it on a real server as there is way too many ore generated !

SYWT: Optimize MC/Tekkit for lower-end systems


Hi there and welcome to the SYWT: (So You Want To:) series. Here I’ll be sharing some of my own experience with Minecraft and Bukkit/Tekkit server administraion.

The first tutorial will be related to running Minecraft / Tekkit on a lower-end pc, laptop or netbook.

As the game can be very demanding on memory, especially when running mods like Tekkit and as there are some caveats regarding Java memory allocation especially on 32bit Windows operating systems the first few recommendations are:

  • Download and install the Java 7 JRE. Make sure You download the version for 32bit and not the one labeled x64. Uninstall any Java 6 JRE’s You might still have installed.
  • Download the latest stable LWJGL package. Make sure You get the package labeled similar to Unzip the package and replace the files in Your \tekkit\bin and \tekkit\bin\natives folder with the ones from this package.
  • Restrict Java memory allocation by either creating a custom batch file (e.g. “java -Xincgc -Xmx1024M -Xms512M -jar minecraft.jar“) to start the minecraft launcher, or using a custom launcher like Tekkit provides, click Options and set “Memory to allocate:” to 512MB.
  • Download and Install OptiFine into Your minecraft.jar.
  • Play with the Minecraft Options/Video Settings. Especially put Performace to Max FPS.
  • Use the default texture pack or a good 16x custom Texturepack like 16x SphaxPureBDcraft.


For the members of our server i compiled a special 16x PureBDcraft Tekkit version which consist of Sphax’s original 16x textures and downsized versions of 64x texture packs that add BDcraft style textures to the Tekkit mods like IC2,BC2,EE, Forestry and others. I got permission to share the AddOn-Pack to the interested audience from their respective authors. Have a look at the Downloads page.


A bit of history #1


History. It always comes with that smell of old books in a library. Not in this case tho as i’m about to tell a little (multipart) story of our server.

It all started back in Minecraft Beta 1.1 times on a plain vanilla setup were we experimented with the elements bringing the server to a grinding halt. The idea was to build an underwater pyramid so we created a cube of leafes in the ocean and burnt it in the hope to get construction space there. It didnt turn out all too well:

Now for something completely different

tekkit logo

Let’s dive straight into Minecraft Tekkit which is a MC modpackage my little server is currently running on.

It extends upon the regular Minecraft game offering machines, electricity, alchemy, computers and a lot of other nice new features. Have a look at the respective Mods Wiki’s:

Additional things like mineable Nether ores, BC <-> IC energy converters and more are contained within the pack, see the list of mods.

The small bunch of people whitelisted on the server are currently exploring the possibilities and we’re having a lot of fun.

As some of us are playing on lower end computers and laptops i created a 16x texture pack by using original 16x pack and adding downscaled versions of the Tekkit 64x pack. Having a 16x pack active saves on memory and increases framerates and is especially useful on 32bit systems where only 1gb of memory can be allocated to Java. I’m currently in the process of finding out if this pack can be made available for download.

The future awaits

It’s been a rough ride to decide for a Theme for my “new” blog. Here it is now: Sunspot by Automattic Constructor by Anton Shevchuk!

Also there is still some struggle on what to do with language on the blog: Shall i go english only with just a few selected posts translated to german ? It’s a lot more work to have it all bi-lingual. And no: Google Translate is not an option ;P

In any case – The future awaits

Back in action

I’m back and my future plans for the site are going to be tech / blogging / wordpress / gaming / random related. As i currently dived back into Minecraft i bet there’ll be some stuff upcoming that’s about this game. Stay tuned !

Ich bin zurück und die zukünftigen Pläne für die Seite werden sich wohl rund um Technik / Blogging / WordPress / Spiele / Verschiedenes drehen. Da ich mich erst kürzlich wieder voller Wonne in Minecraft gestürzt habe werden die nächsten Posts wohl in erster Linie dieses Thema beleuchten. Abwarten ;)