Tutorial:Modding FAQ

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Modding FAQ

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Welcome to the modding FAQ. (work in progress) Here we have a list of questions that are common to get while writing a mod. And the fix for the problem (if someone managed to find a fix) feel free to edit this page and add more Q and A's.

Questions / Fix
  • Q : my item / entity wont load the sprite I made.
  • Fix :
Make sure your path is right : __mod-name__/map-name/2nd-map-name/sprite.png
  • Q : The name of my item is displayed as "Unknown key: item-name.yourname"
  • Fix :
Make sure you have valid locale mappings. Create a "locale" directory with an "en" subdirectory and create a "item-name.cfg" file.
It should contains something like:
 itemx=Item X
 itemy=Item Y
 Do the same for your entities, but put them in an "entity-name" section/file.
  • Q : Error while loading prototype "entity-name": No such node (pictures).
  • Fix :
Make sure your entity contains the right amount of lines for that type of entity, 
for example a chest needs 1 picture for the entity to work but a wall needs 20. 
Look in the factorio base/prototypes/entity/entity.lua.
And you can see that different entities need different amounts of pictures.

  • Q : I've modified the recipe and/or technology prototypes and when I load my save game the changes aren't there even though it works in a new game.
  • Fix : You need to run
    to make Factorio reload the prototypes, this can be done using the console (~) or via the game.oninit event in control.lua (which will run when the mod is first added to a game), or through migration files (if you've made a mod release and need to 'migrate' user's saves to a new version automatically). The first is the easiest while testing, the second when you're releasing a mod for the first time, and the third for when you've already made a mod release. The prototypes are saved in the save file so as to (eventually) allow making changes to them during runtime (control.lua), which is why they need to be 'reset' for saves.