Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Bug Hunting: Auto Jump/Dock Failure
This functionality, when it was first released (was it with Crucible or shortly thereafter?) worked flawlessly. It was functionality I could rely on.
That is until six or so weeks ago. I'm not sure what patch broke the functionality, but break it did.
About 30% of the time now, I'll arrive at a station or a gate and nothing will happen. My ship will just sit there, until I re-input the instruction to jump or dock.
I've been told to submit a petition, but unless I can figure out why the dock/jump command is ignored, figure out how to reliably replicate the problem, it seems pointless submitting that petition. CCP isn't going to go on a wild goose chase, looking for a problem if it doesn't know where to begin the search. And I don't know where to tell them to begin the search. Unless I can replicate the problem for them consistently, the problem will be ignored, and understandably so. Bug hunting is a time-intensive task.
Obviously something happens during the warp to the destination that causes the jump/dock command to get removed from the command queue (yeah, I'm going to call it the command queue, for lack of knowing whatever it is CCP calls it internally.)
It could be any number of reasons why the jump/dock command is dropped. But so far none of the reasons I've investigated have been consistent. Alt-tabbing out of the game during the warp, sometimes I jump/dock while alt-tabbed, sometimes I do not. Maybe opening up other in-game windows (market, character, chat, whatever) drops the command, but again, it's not consistent.
(This problem has nothing to do with auto-piloting, which works quite perfectly. Although, I don't use auto-pilot on anything except my hauling alt, and then only when he's hauling 37 PLEX through Uedama.)
I want this to be a command I can once again rely upon. Three times I've been called away from the computer urgently, I select a station (in an Amarr system, of course), press D to dock. The warp begins and I leave to attend to whatever it is I have to attend to. I return an hour or so later to find my ship either still sitting outside that station, or find myself podded. Annoying, to say the least.
Maybe a reader out there has discovered how to replicate this problem consistently? I'd love to give CCP some solid direction on how to fix the issue.