I fixed your typo in my version because I had already attempted some edits. I want the turtle to return back when its done and drop its load instead of just sitting at the end for me to have to chase down. I almost have it but it returns a row off (I do 1 for the width with multiple bots running in parallel). I havent finished it (need to tell it to not go back to returnX once its done) but I need to figure out why it is is off a row. Figured that instead of bashing my head against a wall on a language I do not know yet, maybe you might be interested in adding this feature. Also, I was thinking it might be handy to have the bot cover the copy of its hole in with a single cobble when it gets back to the top to make the area semi safe.

What my turtle does is ([X] = chest):

<drop stuff-------------------------------------------------

[X]>dig----dig----dig----dig----dig----dig----dig----dig--^

***EDIT*** I fixed the above problem.

Now I am trying to figure out how you are telling it how many blocks to skip before it digs down. For example I would like it to dig down, then move on 2 blocks dig down, etc. Currently it moves 5 blocks between digs. Could you help point me in the correct location (or add this as an option in the beginning)?

-- Advanced Ore Finder by Henness
-- Version 1.0 11/21/2012
-- Config
Version = "v1.0"
local Width
local Length
local Depth
local Ignore
function version() -- Version function
return Version
end
function regwrite(string, columnVar, rowVar) -- Write a string to the cords
term.setCursorPos( columnVar, rowVar )
write (string)
end
function clearscreen() -- Clearscreen function
term.clear()
regwrite( "AP Ore Finder", 15, 1 )
regwrite( version(), 2, 13 )
regwrite( "Designed by Henness", 20, 13 )
term.setCursorPos( 1, 3 )
end
function refuel(stop) -- Refuels the turtle
returnXF = (Width - x) * 2
if math.fmod( VarX , 2 ) == 0 then
returnYF = (Length - (Length - y) - 1) * 2
else
returnYF = (Length - y) * 2
end
if turtle.getFuelLevel() < ((Depth * 2) + returnXF + returnYF + 5) and turtle.getItemCount(16) > 1 then
turtle.select(16)
turtle.refuel(turtle.getItemCount(16) - 1)
end
if stop == true then
turtle.select(16)
repeat
turtle.refuel(turtle.getItemCount(16) - 1)
sleep(0.1)
until turtle.getFuelLevel() > ((Depth * 2) + returnXF + returnYF + 5)
end
if turtle.getFuelLevel() < ((Depth * 2) + returnXF + returnYF + 5) and stop ~= true then
returnToStart(true)
end
end
function empty() -- Emptys the turtles inventory
if turtle.getItemCount(15) > 0 then
returnToStart()
end
end
function returnToStart(stop) -- Returns to start
returnX = Width - x
if math.fmod( VarX , 2 ) == 0 then
returnY = Length - (Length - y) - 1
turnRight()
else
returnY = Length - y
turnLeft()
end
moveForward(returnX)
turnLeft()
moveForward(returnY)
if stop == true then
clearscreen()
print("Too low on fuel to continue. Please insert more fuel.")
refuel(true)
end
for i=Ignore+1,15,1 do
turtle.select(i)
turtle.drop()
end
turnLeft(2)
moveForward(returnY)
turnRight()
moveForward(returnX)
if math.fmod( VarX , 2 ) == 0 then
turnRight()
else
turnLeft()
end
end
function moveUp(distance) -- Moves Up
if distance == nil then
distance = 1
end
for i=1,distance,1 do
repeat
if turtle.up() == true then
moved = true
else
digUp()
turtle.attackUp()
moved = false
end
until moved == true
end
end
function moveForward(distance) -- Moves Forward
if distance == nil then
distance = 1
end
for i=1,distance,1 do
repeat
if turtle.forward() == true then
moved = true
else
digForward()
turtle.attack()
moved = false
end
until moved == true
end
end
function moveDown(distance) -- Moves Down
if distance == nil then
distance = 1
end
for i=1,distance,1 do
repeat
if turtle.down() == true then
moved = true
else
digDown()
turtle.attackDown()
moved = false
end
until moved == true
end
end
function turnLeft(a) -- Turns Left
if not a then a = 1 end
for i=1,math.abs(a),1 do
turtle.turnLeft()
end
return true
end
function turnRight(a) -- Turns Right
if not a then a = 1 end
for i=1,math.abs(a),1 do
turtle.turnRight()
end
return true
end
function digForward(Compare) -- Digs Forward
if turtle.detect() then
if Compare then
SlotVar = Ignore
Ore = true
for i=1,SlotVar,1 do
turtle.select(i)
if turtle.compare() == true then
Ore = false
end
end
if Ore == true then
turtle.dig()
end
else
turtle.dig()
end
end
end
function digDown(Compare) -- Digs Down
if turtle.detectDown() then
if Compare then
SlotVar = Ignore
Ore = true
for i=1,SlotVar,1 do
turtle.select(i)
if turtle.compareDown() == true then
Ore = false
end
end
if Ore == true then
turtle.digDown()
end
else
turtle.digDown()
end
end
end
function digUp(Compare) -- Digs Down
if turtle.detectUp() then
if Compare then
SlotVar = Ignore
Ore = true
for i=1,SlotVar,1 do
turtle.select(i)
if turtle.compareUp() == true then
Ore = false
end
end
if Ore == true then
turtle.digUp()
end
else
turtle.digUp()
end
end
end
function compareSides(n) -- Compares surounding blocks with items in the inventory
for i=1,n,1 do
digForward(true)
turnRight()
end
end
function findDown(z) -- Finds all ores bellow the turtle
refuel()
empty()
for i=1,z,1 do
digDown(true)
if turtle.detectDown() then
digDown(false)
end
moveDown()
compareSides(4)
end
for i=1,z,1 do
moveUp()
end
end
function runFinder( W , L , D )
VarY = 5
VarX = 1
x = W
y = L
while x > 0 do
y = L
while VarY <= 5 and y > 1 do
if VarY == 5 then
findDown(D)
VarY = 0
end
digForward(true)
if turtle.detect() then
digForward(false)
end
moveForward()
VarY = VarY + 1
y = y - 1
end
if VarY == 5 then
findDown(D)
VarY = 0
end
if x > 1 then
if math.fmod( VarX , 2 ) == 0 then
turnLeft()
digForward(true)
if turtle.detect() then
digForward(false)
end
moveForward()
turnLeft()
if VarY == 0 then
VarY = 3
elseif VarY == 1 then
VarY = 2
elseif VarY == 2 then
VarY = 1
elseif VarY == 3 then
VarY = 5
elseif VarY == 4 then
VarY = 4
end
else
turnRight()
digForward(true)
if turtle.detect() then
digForward(false)
end
moveForward()
turnRight()
if VarY == 0 then
VarY = 2
elseif VarY == 1 then
VarY = 1
elseif VarY == 2 then
VarY = 5
elseif VarY == 3 then
VarY = 4
elseif VarY == 4 then
VarY = 3
end
end
VarX = VarX + 1
end
x = x - 1
end
end
function emptyinv()
for i=Ignore+1,15,1 do
turtle.select(i)
turtle.drop()
end
end
function finished() -- Returns to start
if Width == 1 then
returnX = 0
else
returnX = Width - x
end
if math.fmod( VarX , 2 ) == 0 then
returnY = Length - (Length - y) - 1
turnRight()
else
returnY = Length - y
turnLeft()
end
moveForward(returnX)
turnLeft()
moveForward(returnY)
print("Clearing Inventory.")
for i=1,16,1 do
turtle.select(i)
turtle.drop()
end
end
-- RUN
clearscreen()
print("Width of Area?")
Width = tonumber(read())
clearscreen()
print("Length of Area?")
Length = tonumber(read())
clearscreen()
print("Depth of Holes?")
Depth = tonumber(read())
clearscreen()
print("How many materials will be Ignored?")
Ignore = tonumber(read())
clearscreen()
print("Finding Ore...")
runFinder( Width , Length , Depth )
print("All done, returning home.")
finished()
turnLeft()
turnLeft()
print("Run complete.")