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0002286Dwarf FortressPathfindingpublic2010-06-12 06:132021-11-11 18:16
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6000+Windows XP2002
0002286: Creatures with [FLIER] have problems pathing to jobs that require them to fly.
This bug mainly seems to occur with playable flying civs in fortress mode. Obviously, there are none of these in vanilla DF.

This is something of a tricky bug which crops up when a flying creature attempts to path to an inaccessible job, although it is most obvious when the job involves hauling an item of some description.

Essentially, this bug crops up when the ONLY path to a job involves flying. The creature will accept the job, attempt to complete it, and will correctly path the job, but when it encounters a point where it must begin flying it will cancel the job: dangerous terrain. However, if there is ANY path between the start and end point that can be followed WITHOUT having to fly, the flying creature will happily fly to the job by the shortest route.

A similar but more understandable issue is the inability to construct things in areas with no ground access even if the builder can fly, since the game complains about a lack of access to construction materials.
1: Give your dwarves wings and the FLIER tag.

2: Generate a world and start a fortress, ideally somewhere flat to make things easier. Bring a miner and something to haul.

3: Just north of your wagon, dig a pit with the channel command. Remove the slopes from around the edges. Note that the miner will probably fly out of the pit once he's done to get back to the wagon.

4: Designate a stockpile for whatever stuff you brought along. Your minions will grab stuff and start taking it to the stockpiles, but will hit the edge of the pit and start spamming job cancellations due to dangerous terrain.

5: Dig a ramp or stairway at the northern end of the pit, i.e. the far side from where all the hauling is going on, in order to make the pit accessible to non-flying creatures.

6: Observe as the haulers start moving everything by happily flying down into the pit. They won't use the ramp/stairs you just built.
Flying, modding, pathfinding, pathing, z-levels
related to 0002285new  Traders from civs with [FLIER] cannot trade 
related to 0004776new  Tame flying animals won't fly. 
parent of 0009362confirmed Loci Flying visitors hovering near map edge and not pathing to tavern 
has duplicate 0010019resolved Loci Gander stuck in mid-air 
Not all the children of this issue are yet resolved or closed.
Issue History
2010-06-12 06:13QuilNew Issue
2010-06-12 07:51commondragonNote Added: 0008196
2010-06-12 10:27FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0002285
2010-06-12 10:30QuilNote Added: 0008201
2010-06-12 11:08PencilinHandNote Added: 0008202
2010-06-12 11:08PencilinHandNote Edited: 0008202bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0008202#r3097
2010-06-12 15:03QuilTag Attached: Flying
2010-06-12 15:03QuilTag Attached: modding
2010-06-12 15:03QuilTag Attached: pathing
2010-06-12 15:21QuilNote Added: 0008219
2011-04-09 09:50KogutNote Added: 0017238
2011-07-15 13:13Hieronymous AlloyIssue Monitored: Hieronymous Alloy
2012-04-05 00:38KogutNote Added: 0022096
2016-09-27 07:55LociRelationship addedhas duplicate 0010019
2016-09-27 07:57LociRelationship addedrelated to 0004776
2016-12-29 16:58LociRelationship addedparent of 0009362
2016-12-29 17:05LociNote Added: 0036115
2018-05-07 18:32a52Note Added: 0038284
2018-05-07 18:34a52Tag Attached: pathfinding
2018-05-07 18:34a52Tag Attached: z-levels
2021-07-12 21:50AppwIssue Monitored: Appw
2021-11-11 18:16AppwNote Added: 0041173

2010-06-12 07:51   
I would think that its more of a bug that they do anything BUT spam cancellations due to dangerous terrain.
2010-06-12 10:30   
Okay, correction to the above: The miner won't fly out of the hole and everyone will just stand around like lemons until there's a walkable path to the target, and then they'll just fly there, completely ignoring the walkable path.
2010-06-12 11:08   
This sounds just like a very old bug related to the pathing implementation that has been in DF since the addition of the z-axis.

The short explanation is DF sorts interconnected pathable tiles into bins with each other and if the source and destination tiles of a pathing request aren't in the same bin then the target is considered inaccessible(and usually a job is canceled as a result). This is actually a good way to both eliminate impossible path requests and limit the node space(basically, how big an area needs to be pathed through). The problem is this binning assumes all creatures are created equally and thus the ability of flying creatures to fly up, over, or around obstructions is ignored unless there is a valid ground path in the first place.

Toady can give a better explanation, but there are a lot of threads on pathing in DF on the forums if you care to look.

2010-06-12 15:21   
I suspected that might be the case, PencilinHand. It's mostly just annoying, and stops you from building truly impenetrable fortresses that have no external access except by flying.

The main issue, as I have just discovered, is if the fliers end up in a location where they no longer have a path and then do something silly like starve to death. For example, I just had a bunch of people taking some remains to a rubbish pile, and they all pathed into an empty murky pool, where they promptly discovered that they couldn't get anywhere anymore and cancelled due to dangerous terrain (which is why I thought that it occured in the example above: I actually had a slightly more elaborate setup which caused the creatures to fly out of the pit to reach another part of the pit, where they then cancelled).

Anyway, I'm happy enough being able to use flying units at all, and this is a relatively minor issue. Ah well.
2011-04-09 09:50   
Save with modded and prepared game may help
2012-04-05 00:38   
related to 0004776: Tame flying animals won't fly.
2016-12-29 17:05   
v0.42.06: AlBravo posted a save with wren people invaders hovering at map edge in 0003015:

http://dffd.bay12games.com/file.php?id=12628 [^]
2018-05-07 18:32   
Occurs (to some degree) with a giant raven mutilated corpse in the save below. The corpse will move if you get dwarves close enough, but it does not move by itself, and certainly doesn't path down into my fortress like I'd like it to. Also occurred earlier with a gander corpse.

http://dffd.bay12games.com/file.php?id=13734 [^]
2021-11-11 18:16   
I think this is still an issue in 0.47.05.
Here is a save with some flying dwarves:

https://dffd.bay12games.com/file.php?id=15739 [^]