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0008345Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Jobs, Equipmentpublic2014-09-24 21:302020-03-11 16:49
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Windows7 64-bit
0008345: hunters in the military stuck in equipment loop
I had several hunters who were also part of an inactive marksdwarf squad. Only the squadleader would hunt while one other member would go through an pickup equipment loop where they would gather all their gear and then put it back again. He also picked up a backpack and food which I think is normally military behaviour. He would do this quite a few times before taking time off to drink or sleep and do other jobs, and then go back into the loop. No equipment mismatch errors popped up. Other hunters from the squad would loiter with no job.

So I took the hunting labor off the squadleader and then the second hunter suddenly found the right equipment for the job and started hunting. But another hunter also in the squad took up the equipping loop while the rest did nothing.

Then I disbanded the marksdwarf squad after which all hunters went hunting as appropriate. Then I started the squad up again which made some hunters go to sleep on the spot and made one to start spamming pathfinding errors. When I took the labor off the spamming dwarf another started doing it. This happened twice more but not for all my hunters.

The hunters that were already on the job continued their hunting trip as normal, but when they all had returned home only one of them went back out to hunt. I couldn't reproduce the equipment loop.
maybe related to http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/mantisbt/view.php?id=1451 [^]
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related to 0002687acknowledged Toady One Constant "pickup equipment" cripples military functionality 
related to 0001451confirmed Dwarfu Military equipment interferes with civilian equipment (picks/axes/crossbows/quivers) 
Issue History
2014-09-24 21:30IncompletenessNew Issue
2014-09-25 06:51infiniteunrestNote Added: 0030351
2014-09-25 07:27QuietustNote Added: 0030352
2014-09-25 09:07FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0002687
2014-09-25 09:07FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0001451
2014-09-25 09:07FootkerchiefNote Added: 0030357
2014-09-25 09:07FootkerchiefAssigned To => Footkerchief
2014-09-25 09:07FootkerchiefStatusnew => needs feedback
2014-09-25 16:29IncompletenessNote Added: 0030370
2014-09-25 16:29IncompletenessStatusneeds feedback => assigned
2018-07-10 21:06DragonbornNote Added: 0038579
2020-03-11 16:49DragonbornNote Added: 0040355

2014-09-25 06:51   
Also having the same issue on Mac version. A number of hunters are in equipment loops, collecting and returning ammo, not hunting and needing to toggle hunting on/off to get a different - not always correct - behaviour.
2014-09-25 07:27   
Definitely related to 0001451, if not an outright duplicate
2014-09-25 09:07   
Please upload a save that reproduces the problem to http://dffd.wimbli.com/ [^] and post the link here.
2014-09-25 16:29   
http://dffd.wimbli.com/file.php?id=9792 [^]
I managed to reproduce it in a fresh fort.
2018-07-10 21:06   
I have seen the same behavior in 44.11 with woodcutters in a squad. When the squad went off duty, the militia commander of the squad, who was also a woodcutter, got stuck in a loop of putting away/picking up his equipment. He got unstuck once I disabled his wood cutting labor. He was the only one in his squad who had this problem, despite there being another woodcutter in the same squad.

I know that I did not have many spare battle axes in supply, so I wonder if that perhaps confused or threw off his pickup equipment task. Since woodcutting is its own "uniform", maybe there was not enough equipment to satisfy both his military uniform and his woodcutting uniform, and this caused the task to not complete properly.
2020-03-11 16:49   
I have seen a variant of this in 47.04. This time it was a wood cutter in an active squad. He was stuck in a loop of putting away equipment. In this case, he was running in between a crafts stockpile and a weapon stockpile, picking up/putting away a battle axe and a rock scepter craft. He got unstuck when I removed him from the squad. This is the first time I've seen this bug with an item that was not a weapon or armor.