Please also see Reporting Problems
PaperCut has special debug options which cause PaperCut to produce a detailed text log of activity. The logs allow our developers to inspect the internal workings of the PaperCut application and pinpoint the cause of problems. Enabling debug logging is usually only requested by the PaperCut Support team.
The User Client is the component of PaperCut that runs on the user workstations. Its purpose is to display the Balance Window, allow job (cost) confirmation, allow charging to shared accounts, and in some cases perform authentication.
Note: There are two ways to enable debug logging: via the config file, or via a launch parameter. If the client is being launched from a network share (e.g. running
pc-client.exe from the
PCClient share on the server) then enabling debug in the config file will enable it for all users launching the client from that location. In that case, and if debug logging is only required for one workstation, enabling it via the launch parameter may be more suitable.
To enable debug in the PaperCut User Client:
1A. Enabling debug via the config file:
On the system where the user client is installed, open the file:
in a text editor.
You’ll find the Mac client config file at
[app-path]/client/mac/PCClient.app/Contents/Resources/config.properties. To browse inside the
PCClient package option-click it and choose Show Package Contents.
Add a line
debug=Y to the end and save the file (or remove the
# comment from the existing line).
1B. Enabling debug via the launch parameter:
From the place where the client is launched (e.g. the ‘Startup’ folder, a login script, etc.), add the parameter
--debug to the end of the command/target (ensuring there is a space between the command and the parameter).
pc-client-local-cache.exe client requires the debug parameter method, not the config file modification.
If the command is quoted, the parameter should be added outside the quotes, separated by a space, e.g., on Windows:
"C:\Program Files\PaperCut\client\win\pc-client-local-cache.exe" --debug
Restart the user client tool.
Compress (“zip up”)
the resulting log file
On Windows XP
(or earlier) systems it can be found at:
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Temp\user-client.log
On Windows 10
, Windows 8
, Windows 7
or Windows Vista
systems it can be found at:
systems, it can be found in the user’s home directory:
systems, it can be found in the standard temporary directory:
Email the compressed log file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include an explanation of the steps taken, along with any other information requested by the PaperCut
developers such as event time, logged in user, workstation name.
6. Turn off debug logging by reversing the tasks undertaken in step 1A/B.
Categories: Debugging, Troubleshooting
Keywords: user client tool, UIT, user interface tool, balance window, diagnostic, credit display