Guidelines and HOWTOs/Debugging/Debugging IOSlaves/Debugging kio sftp

This page is a starting point for debugging kio_sftp. Please also read how to debug IO slaves generically.


When you point file manager to sftp://user@target, the sftp KIO slave uses libssh to open a connection to the sftp server.

Reporting Bugs

If this is your first bug report please read the following document:

How to Report Bugs Effectively

Then got to and create a bug report. Tell us:

  • The KDE Frameworks and Dolphin version you're running
  • The libssh version installed
  • The sftp server version (e.g. the openssh version on the server)
  • If you use ~/.ssh/config show us your special host config
  • Provide log files if possible (see below)


Most bug reports will require debug logs to be able to move ahead. To get the debug log start dolphin from konsole or another terminal with this command:

KDE_FORK_SLAVES=1 QT_LOGGING_RULES="*=false;log_kio_sftp=true;" dolphin --new-window YOUR_SFTP_URL

Make sure to replace YOUR_SFTP_URL with the actual URL that is giving you trouble (e.g. sftp://localhost). Then reproduce whatever issue you are experiencing. When you are done simply copy and paste the entire output from the terminal to the bug report.

Logging with libssh debug output

To enable libssh debug messages in addition you have to set an additional environment variable:

KIO_SFTP_LOG_VERBOSITY=1 KDE_FORK_SLAVES=1 QT_LOGGING_RULES="*=false;log_kio_sftp=true;" dolphin --new-window YOUR_SFTP_URL

Enable logging in openssh (server-side)

Sometimes it may be useful to enable logging on the server to get a more complete picture of what's going on.

SSH Logging

Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Look for LogLevel and set it to:

  LogLevel DEBUG

SFTP Logging

Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Look for the sftp subsystem and appned -l DEBUG it to:

  Subsystem sftp /usr/lib64/ssh/sftp-server -l DEBUG

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