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0011811Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Itemspublic2021-10-03 18:412023-05-19 15:42
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PrioritynormalSeverityminorReproducibilityhave not tried
PlatformOSWindowsOS Version10
Product Version0.47.05 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0011811: repeated "Store owned item" cycles where nothing is being stored
DescriptionI keep seeing dwarves fall into a cycle where they just keep going back to a cabinet to "Store owned item" and flicker between that and No job, over and over and over again, but they're clearly not storing anything, because their inventory isn't changing and the inventory in the cabinet isn't changing. I've several times ended up forbidding all the cabinets just to make it stop so the dwarf in question would go do something else. The one I'm watching now is a civilian but I think I've seen it affecting military dwarves too. Save here:, [^] watch the dwarf named Harlequin.
Steps To ReproduceBuild cabinets in a dormitory or bedroom, wait? Not sure if there's anything else.
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PatrikLundell (reporter)
2021-10-04 00:07

This happens when dorfs share cabinets, yes. Dorfs go to store their stuff in "their" cabinet, but when they find someone else's stuff in there (because it's "their" cabinet as well) they abort the task only to pick it up again.

The work around is to make sure you never place cabinets in shared bedrooms (dorms or overlapping ones). This probably goes for chests as well, although I haven't seen a problem there (partially because I don't place shared furniture in overlapping zones, and so get no chance to see if it happens).
Penumbra69 (reporter)
2023-05-19 15:42
edited on: 2023-05-19 15:52

I've seen this behavior without overlapping rooms. I have about 20 dwarves looping around picking up an item, dropping it on (not in) their cabinet in their own bedroom, then repeating infinitely. The one I'm watching is a sock being picked up and placed on the cabinet, then repeated.

The cabinet is not full (only 12 items in it). Version 50.08

The only way I seem to be able to break the cycle is to forbid or dump the item they're cycling on - but I don't know if that "fixes" it..

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2021-10-03 18:41 qualiyah New Issue
2021-10-04 00:07 PatrikLundell Note Added: 0041158
2023-05-19 15:42 Penumbra69 Note Added: 0041372
2023-05-19 15:45 Penumbra69 Note Edited: 0041372 View Revisions
2023-05-19 15:52 Penumbra69 Note Edited: 0041372 View Revisions

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