Dwarf Fortress Bug Tracker - Dwarf Fortress
View Issue Details
0004854Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Jobs, Designationspublic2011-08-22 22:302012-02-17 15:26
Toady One 
PCWindows7 64-bit
0004854: Dwarfs given a job via designation which is then canceled still walk to designated area if they have nothing better to do.
Any dwarf assigned a task using a designation (e.g. woodcutting, mining) will, if the designation is canceled, lose the job dig, or cut down trees or whatever, and change to 'no job'. Rather than heading for a meeting area, if they have no pressing business (nothing to dump or haul, not hungry tired or thirsty) they will continue walking to wherever the recently removed designation was. Once they reach it, they turn around and head right back for the meeting area. This happens even if another dwarf completes the original task.
Designate a space to be mined or a tree to be cut down. Wait for a dwarf to take the job, then remove the designation. Only works when the dwarf isn't hungry etc, and there are no inactive hauling or dumping jobs.
Vanilla DF
No tags attached.
related to 0005072resolved Toady One Removing designations doesn't cancel jobs that have already been claimed by dwarves 
Issue History
2011-08-22 22:30ScarletTwizbyNew Issue
2011-08-23 07:05KonNote Added: 0018614
2011-08-23 07:40ScarletTwizbyNote Added: 0018615
2012-02-14 12:10FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0005072
2012-02-17 15:26Toady OneNote Added: 0019983
2012-02-17 15:26Toady OneStatusnew => resolved
2012-02-17 15:26Toady OneFixed in Version => Next Version
2012-02-17 15:26Toady OneResolutionopen => fixed
2012-02-17 15:26Toady OneAssigned To => Toady One

2011-08-23 07:05   
Not so much a bug as a design feature, I think.
2011-08-23 07:40   
I figured it was probably a bug, as this doesn't seem like natural behavior on the dwarf's part. "Hey, I don't need to walk three miles to cut down that tree anymore. Oh well, I've got nothing better to do, so I'll just keep walking." I'd accept that they didn't realize the designation was removed until they got there, except they go to 'no job' as soon as you remove the designation.
Toady One   
2012-02-17 15:26   
This has been sorted out for all jobs. Hopefully that won't be a problem...