Trouble-Shooting Guide

Reporting Problems

If you have any trouble during pyrocore installation and configuration, or using any of the commands, join the pyroscope-users mailing list or the inofficial ##rtorrent channel on IRC will generally provide a faster resolution.

If you are sure there is a bug, then open an issue on GitHub. Make sure that nobody else reported the same problem before you, there is a search box you can use (after the Filter button). Please note that the GitHub issue tracker is not a support platform, use the mailing list or IRC for that.


Please describe your problem clearly, and provide any pertinent information. What are the version numbers of software and OS? What did you do? What was the unexpected result? If things worked and ‘suddenly’ broke, what did you change?

On IRC, don’t ask if somebody is there, just describe your problem. Eventually, someone will notice you – IRC is a global medium, and people do live in different time zones than you.

Put up any logs on 0bin or any other pastebin service, and make sure you removed any personal information you don’t want to be publically known. Copy the pastebin link into IRC or into your post.

The following helps with querying your system environment, e.g. the version of Python and your OS.

Providing Diagnostic Information

Python Diagnostics

Execute the following command to be able to provide some information on your Python installation:

deactivate 2>/dev/null; /usr/bin/virtualenv --version; python <<'.'
import sys, os, time, pprint

If enc_fs is not UTF-8, then call dpkg-reconfigure locales (on Debian type systems) and choose a proper locale (you might also need locale-gen en_US.UTF-8), and make sure LANG is set to en_US.UTF-8 (or another locale with UTF-8 encoding).

OS Diagnostics

Similarly, execute this in a shell prompt:

uname -a; echo $(lsb_release -as 2>/dev/null); grep name /proc/cpuinfo | uniq -c; \
free -m | head -n2; uptime; \
strings $(which rtorrent) | grep "client version"; \
ldd $(which rtorrent) | egrep "lib(torrent|curses|curl||cares|ssl|crypto)"; \
ps auxw | egrep "USER|/rtorrent" | grep -v grep

Common Problems & Solutions

“rTorrent-PS features NOT active!” during rTorrent startup

As mentioned several times in the installation guides, you must tell the standard rtorrent.rc configuration include that it’s loaded into a rTorrent-PS installation.

The way to do that is setting the pyro.extended constant to 1:

method.insert = pyro.extended, value|const, 1

If you do that and are not actually running rTorrent-PS, you will get errors about missing commands during startup.

“Input failed: ExecFile::execute(...) Fork failed.” during searches

This is always a host setup problem, check your resource limits, namely nofile (max. number of open file handles) and nproc (max. number of processes). Also look into ~/rtorrent/log/execute.log if it contains any hints.

“Scheduled command failed: bind_home: Bad key definition.” during startup

Your rTorrent-PS is too old to support the new default key bindings for Home, End, and so on. Either compile the HEAD of rTorrent-PS to update your installation, or else do this:

echo >>~/.pyroscope/rtorrent.d/.rcignore "bind-navigation-keys.rc.default"