Debugging Runner and Launcher
On this page, you will learn how to debug and report issues with the runner and the launcher. You might want to read Launchers Lifecycle first.
Getting the logs
Runner and launcher logs are usually the first thing you should be looking into. Here’s the list of where runner and launcher logs can be found.
Watch out, since both runner and launcher logs will get overwritten as soon as you start your game again. If you want to keep them (to send them to email@example.com, for example), you have to make a copy before each run.
Using the debug menu
Starting version 188.8.131.52 of the launcher, all of the log files can be accessed using the Debug Menu.
To open the Debug Menu, focus on the launcher window and press
CTRL + SHIFT + D key combination. This combination only works while the main launcher window is focused and won’t work if the Runner is currently open.
From the filesystem
Accessing debug files from the filesystem should be used if you or your user cannot use the Debug Menu.
|Windows||launcher-log.txt||Next to launcher.exe|
|Windows||%APP_DATA%/Remote/patchkit-launcher/launcher-log.txt||>= 1.5.1 if WORKDIR is restricted|
|GNU/Linux||launcher-log.txt||Next to launcher binary|
|Mac OSX||~/Library/Application Support/PatchKit/Apps/launcher-log.txt|
Note that if you’re using a custom launcher and you change Company Name and Product Name in it’s setting, the path may be different. For more information, please see Unity documentation.
|Mac OSX||~/Library/Application Support/patchkit-patcher/secret/pk_logs/|
|Mac OSX||~/Library/Application Support/launcher-name/pk_logs/|
Finding the installed version
- If the launcher has a shortcut (e.g. on Desktop), right-click on it and select
Open File Location.
- In next window, right-click on the launcher executable and select
- In next window, select
- Search for
File Versionand find the version number.
- Search for the launcher log file (output_log.txt or Player.log) and open it.
- Search for the version number in the first lines of the log file, it should look similar to this:
2022-03-16 11:12:01.154 +01:00 [ DEBUG ] <Patcher::Awake> patchkit-patcher-unity: v184.108.40.206
Command line arguments (unity-based only)
The launcher (formerly patcher) should be run with the following command-line arguments:
patcher.exe --installdir "dir" --secret "secret" --readable
You can try and launch it with your custom installdir and secret. Remember always to pass
--readable, because otherwise, the patcher will expect an encoded secret instead of a string.
Launcher behavior can be overridden by setting up those environment variables.
|PK_PATCHER_FORCE_SECRET||Set it to application secret to forcefully change what game should be downloaded.|
|PK_PATCHER_FORCE_VERSION||Change the latest game version to the given one. This is internal version id starting from 1.|