Tags: dev

Provides commands for controlling debug log verbosity.

Command: debugfilter

Configure verbosity of DFHack debug output.

Debug output is grouped by plugin name, category name, and verbosity level.

The verbosity levels are:

  • Trace

    Possibly very noisy messages which can be printed many times per second.

  • Debug

    Messages that happen often but they should happen only a couple of times per second.

  • Info

    Important state changes that happen rarely during normal execution.

  • Warning

    Enabled by default. Shows warnings about unexpected events which code managed to handle correctly.

  • Error

    Enabled by default. Shows errors which code can’t handle without user intervention.

The runtime message printing is controlled using filters. Filters set the visible messages of all matching categories. Matching uses regular expression syntax, which allows listing multiple alternative matches or partial name matches. This syntax is a C++ version of the ECMA-262 grammar (Javascript regular expressions). Details of differences can be found at

Persistent filters are stored in dfhack-config/runtime-debug.json. Oldest filters are applied first. That means a newer filter can override the older printing level selection.


debugfilter category [<plugin regex>] [<category regex>]

List available debug plugin and category names. If filters aren’t given then all plugins/categories are matched. This command is a good way to test regex parameters before you pass them to set.

debugfilter filter [<id>]

List active and passive debug print level changes. The optional id parameter is the id listed as the first column in the filter list. If id is given, then the command shows extended information for the given filter only.

debugfilter set [<level>] [<plugin regex>] [<category regex>]

Create a new debug filter to set category verbosity levels. This filter will not be saved when the DF process exists or the plugin is unloaded.

debugfilter set persistent [<level>] [<plugin regex>] [<category regex>]

Store the filter in the configuration file to until unset is used to remove it.

debugfilter unset <id> [<id> ...]

Delete a space separated list of filters.

debugfilter disable <id> [<id> ...]

Disable a space separated list of filters but keep it in the filter list.

debugfilter enable <id> [<id> ...]

Enable a space separated list of filters.

debugfilter header [enable] | [disable] [<element> ...]

Control which header metadata is shown along with each log message. Run it without parameters to see the list of configurable elements. Include an enable or disable keyword to change whether specific elements are shown.


debugfilter set Warning core script

Hide script execution log messages (e.g. “Loading script: dfhack-config/dfhack.init”), which are normally output at Info verbosity in the “core” plugin with the “script” category.