Inserters modding

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Inserters modding

Post by SixV » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:20 pm

Hello there,

There is several things that seems unanswered on the wiki and Lua API documentation about inserters.
  • What are the units for energy_per_movement and energy_per_rotation ?
  • What does energy_per_movement and energy_per_rotation means ?
  • What are the units for extension_speed and rotation_speed ?
  • What does extension_speed and rotation_speed means ?
  • Is it possible to control the inserter movement from Lua or is a full re-implementation the only way ?
From what I could gather on the forum, energy_per_movement and energy_per_rotation may be expressed in Joules[1] while extension_speed and rotation_speed may be expressed in "tiles per tick"[2] and "full rotation per tick"[2] respectively.
I couldn't find any explaination on how these are used, though. Nor any official statement saying the units are what I could read on the forum (Except for the Joule, maybe ? But it was written back in 2014). After reading several forum posts from modders, I can only guess energy_per_movement really means "energy consumed per tiles extentions" and energy_per_rotation "energy consumed per full rotation", thus, assuming energy_source.drain is a passive energy consumption:

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movement_consumption_per_tick = energy_source.drain + extension_speed * energy_per_movement
rotation_consumption_per_tick = energy_source.drain + rotation_speed * energy_per_rotation
Is it right ?

About controlling the inserter movement, I couldn't find anything. I guess it's handled game-engine-side. The only way I can think of is replacing the inserters prototypes entirely with a type that the game-engine doesn't interpret as an internal inserter implementation, at the cost of preventing other mods from tinkering with the fresh inserter implementation when they're using type filtering to get entities...

[1]:viewtopic.php?p=49097#p49097
[2]:viewtopic.php?p=35057#p35057

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