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0001795Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Stockpilespublic2010-05-07 04:002012-04-18 08:16
Jiri Petru 
0001795: Dwarves are unable to take items from bins when the stockpile setting are changed
I used to have a large cloth stockpile that accepted both thread and cloth. These were often mixed in the same bin.

Some time later I decided to specialise my stockpile and created two separate ones. One accepts only cloth, the other only thread. All the bins that contain both thread and cloth still sit on the place where the old universal stockpile used to be. The problem seems to be that the bins, containing both thread and cloth, don't fulfill the requirements of any of the new stockpiles, and the dwarves don't want to take items from them and haul them separately.

This is I true for any other stockpile that uses bins, like finished goods stockpile.
related to 0001216closed Toady One "take from stockpile" will not move items out of barrels/bins 
has duplicate 0002517resolved Footkerchief Dwarves don't rearrange items in mixed containers 
Issue History
2010-05-07 04:00Jiri PetruNew Issue
2010-05-07 04:01Jiri PetruNote Added: 0006347
2010-05-07 06:12tatterdemalianNote Added: 0006350
2010-05-07 10:31FootkerchiefNote Added: 0006367
2010-05-07 11:26DoctorZuberNote Added: 0006371
2010-05-07 11:26DoctorZuberNote Edited: 0006371bug_revision_view_page.php?bugnote_id=0006371#r2374
2010-05-07 12:12QuietustNote Added: 0006373
2010-06-03 09:06FootkerchiefTag Attached: Intentional?
2010-06-03 09:06FootkerchiefRelationship addedchild of 0001760
2010-06-12 23:41Shaggy FrogNote Added: 0008247
2010-06-12 23:42Shaggy FrogIssue Monitored: Shaggy Frog
2010-06-13 00:48FootkerchiefRelationship deletedchild of 0001760
2010-06-13 00:48FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0001216
2010-06-29 16:54FootkerchiefRelationship addedhas duplicate 0002517
2010-07-12 12:03FootkerchiefTag RenamedIntentional? => Intentional/Expected?
2012-04-17 16:28mikemaydayNote Added: 0022293
2012-04-17 17:48VideospiritNote Added: 0022294
2012-04-17 18:42danarisNote Added: 0022295
2012-04-18 08:16KumquatNote Added: 0022305

Jiri Petru   
2010-05-07 04:01   
Related to 0001216
2010-05-07 06:12   
Actually a bit different, as I've noticed dwarves will not remove the contents of bins or barrels for any reason other than using their contents in a job, never for moving them to another stockpile. I had one bin containing both charcoal and potash from a stockpile that I removed, after creating two separate stockpiles (one with charcoal allowed and potash forbidden next to my smelter, the other with potash allowed and charcoal forbidden next to my farm). Three years later, the bin is still sitting there, still containing charcoal and potash, with only one bar of charcoal missing (it was used in a furnace when the charcoal stockpile ran out).
2010-05-07 10:31   
This is an old one -- I think I reported this back in 38c or thereabouts, or asked about it in Gameplay Questions, and was told that it's been this way forever.
2010-05-07 11:26   
agreed, this isn't new. Stockpiles have been quirky for a while. Take from stockpile just won't sort bins for you, it will take the entire bin/barrel or nothing, but not pull individual items out of the container.

For a workaround, play with the forbid settings. You can force them to move stuff from one stockpile to another pretty easily with these.

2010-05-07 12:12   
In the older version, at least, I seem to recall that the bin had to be assigned to a stockpile that permitted all of its contents, at which point you could tell the destination stockpile to [t]ake from the source. Given that "take from stockpile" is broken right now, though, this probably doesn't help much.
Shaggy Frog   
2010-06-12 23:41   
Still happening in 31.06. I have some wooden training weapons mixed with some metal weapons in a bin. Very annoying!
2012-04-17 16:28   
Still happens in 34.07
I wanted to emphasize that if a bin with contents is outside of any stockpile, dwarves won't take out the contents to take them to a proper stockpile either.
So the proper description for this bug is indeed: dwarves only take items out of bins for jobs, never for hauling.
2012-04-17 17:48   
You can mark the items inside the bin for dumping until it no longer contains a mix I believe.
2012-04-17 18:42   
Now that [t]ake items from another stockpile works, will dwarves take items out of bins to fulfil it?
2012-04-18 08:16   
The summary line is misleading - dwarfs do take items from bins if stockpile settings are changed and there's a new stockpile for the items, but if the bin is not in a stockpile (such as when an old stockpile is removed) then the contents won't get hauled.