I guess it will take a bit longer before I would go this way. In my case it's always difficult to use such ways since the moment I start cheating (besides if a bug ate an important item) I loose motivation even faster. Always trying to avoid anything where you can dupe stuff or cheat in other ways. My mind is very picky when it comes to "playing things as they're meant to be" hehe.
But I guess at some point I might try this, thanks for giving me the hint about this command.
Guess next step for me is to pretty much dig a shaft from overground to bedrock in every chunk... but that's pretty much the last straw which will take another few hours of just digging *sigh*
Just wondering really if this part of gregtech actually gets better at some point or the moment one vein is empty and you need it again you start all over for hours of finding a new one :/
Idk man it sounds like you might not have the fortitude for Gregtech. However, if you want to keep going and not cheat I would suggest doing the mining shafts down to bedrock every three chunks and bring a hammer so you can prospect the area and make a waypoint for every vein you find. It's what I did. The hammer is really helpful because it will let you know if you missed an ore vein by 5 blocks- which happens.
As far as does it get better... the answer is yes and no. You get much more byproducts from ores and you can start using those veins you previously had no use for but... crafting and smelting gets longer and longer. Like it gets the point where it will take you a very very long time to process higher materials like titanium.