android – Eclipse LogCat shows only the first letter from each message-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I installed android SDK and plugin on eclipse 4.4, and LogCat shows only the first letter from each message.

an screenshot:
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The problem is probably in eclipse as I can see the LogCat well while running ‘adb logcat’.

I tried to restart eclipse, adb, and changing LogCat fonts.

How to solve:

Here is how to fix it:

  1. exit eclipse
  2. open up the file

    ~/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

  3. Then cut and paste this in over the existing

    ddms.logcat.automonitor.level=error
    ddms.logcat.automonitor=false
    ddms.logcat.automonitor.userprompt=true
    logcat.view.colsize.Level=54
    eclipse.preferences.version=1
    logcat.view.colsize.Application=169
    logcat.view.colsize.Time=156
    logcat.view.colsize.Tag=124
    logcat.view.colsize.PID=54
    logcat.view.colsize.Text=590
    
  4. Restart eclipse

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I’m creating a new answer since I don’t have enough rep to comment on @claganga, that is , modifying the file on workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

I’m using Eclipse Mars M4 and after trying the solution above with some variations I still could see a single column – although I could change from the single letter from debug level to TID’s 4 digits.

However after having tried the following I got an important improvement:

ddms.logcat.auotmonitor.level=error  
ddms.logcat.automonitor=false  
ddms.logcat.automonitor.userprompt=true  
eclipse.preferences.version=1
logcat.view.colsize.Application=169
logcat.view.colsize.Level=54
logcat.view.colsize.PID=54
logcat.view.colsize.Tag=198
logcat.view.colsize.Text=619
logcat.view.colsize.Time=182

I’m not sure if it was moving the version line up, or removing the trailing spaces, but it started making a difference.
Now I can see Level, Time, PID, Application, Tag and Text. I’m not sure how they’re supposed to change their order, but at least I can resize them with a mouse now.

However I noticed the horizontal scroll bar is still completely stuck to 100%, meaning what’s out of sight is out of reach. Anyway, it’s good enough for me right now.

Some important things I noticed: a) don’t leave trailing spaces in any of those lines – when I copy/pasted there were some. And b) order is important , though I don’t know why or how.

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I had the same problem on Eclipse 4.5.0(Mars Release), i tried @claganga ‘s solution but didn’t work for me at first.

Here is my addition to the solution that worked for me :

  1. Exit eclipse
  2. Open up the file

~/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

  1. Just add those lines save, close it. Restart eclipse, wait for it until loading workspace. Then Exit.

ddms.logcat.auotmonitor.level=error
ddms.logcat.automonitor=false
ddms.logcat.automonitor.userprompt=true
logcat.view.colsize.Level=54
eclipse.preferences.version=1

  1. Open up the file at step 2 again, add the lines below step 5 one at a time. After adding one line save&close it. Restart eclipse, wait for it until loading workspace. Then Exit.

  2. Repeat the process at step 4 again for the second line, third line etc.

    logcat.view.colsize.Application=169
    logcat.view.colsize.PID=54
    logcat.view.colsize.Tag=198
    logcat.view.colsize.Text=619
    logcat.view.colsize.Time=182

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Like @Fabio says, don’t leave trailing spaces in any of the property lines.

This is very important!!!

After ensuring that, you can customize the colsize of each col of these(I don’t know if there’re others, but I’ve met only these):

logcat.view.colsize.Application
logcat.view.colsize.Level
logcat.view.colsize.PID
logcat.view.colsize.TID
logcat.view.colsize.Tag
logcat.view.colsize.Time
logcat.view.colsize.Text

You don’t need to care about the order of these properties because eclipse will sort them according to the alphabet.

I don’t know the situations in the other systems or machines, but in my Ubuntu system, the minimum sum of all colsizes is 942. And you can set your colsize beyond that which will cause the horizontal scroll bar to display not 100%.

Hope my advice can help someone:)

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If you use Eclipse Andmore the file for this problem is:

org.eclipse.andmore.ddms.prefs

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For me all solutions worked after adding the attribute:

logcat.view.colsize.Text

If it was missing, only the level was shown. This attribute is missing in the marked correct answer.

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Just edit the file below´╝Ü

~/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

Would u please try this out:
please delete the spaces at the end of each line ,it will work.
(Most importantly, make sure there is not any space at the end of each line):

com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.adbDebugBasePort=8600
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.info=68
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.name=94
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.permissions=68
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.size=44
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.time=34
ddms.logcat.auotmonitor.level=error
ddms.logcat.automonitor=false
ddms.logcat.automonitor.userprompt=true
devicePanel.Col0=319
devicePanel.Col1=38
devicePanel.Col4=61
eclipse.preferences.version=1
emulatorControl.track.name=155
emulatorControl.waypoint.name=95
heapPanel.col0=1276
logcat.view.colsize.Application=133
logcat.view.colsize.Level=44
logcat.view.colsize.PID=44
logcat.view.colsize.TID=44
logcat.view.colsize.Tag=98
logcat.view.colsize.Text=712
logcat.view.colsize.Time=131
logcat.view.filters.list=name\: 'com.android.settings', tag\: '', text\: '', pid\: '', app\: 'com.android.settings', level\: 'verbose', name\: 'ActivityManager', tag\: 'ActivityManager', text\: '', pid\: '', app\: '', level\: 'verbose',
logcat.view.font=1|Sans|11.0|0|GTK|1|;
threadPanel.Col0=24
threadPanel.Col1=37
threadPanel.Col2=61
threadPanel.Col3=34
threadPanel.Col4=34
threadPanel.Col5=272
threadPanel.stack.col0=503

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These are not the first letters from the messages.

These are the level flags: V (for verbose), D (for debug), etc.

Do you see that bottom scroll bar? Scroll it to the right.

Then resize the columns by clicking and dragging the separator between the headers. Do not grab the separator between the column themselves where the content is, grabbing there won’t work. Also, you must reduce the size of the first column to make room for the others. And right-click on the header itself to add/remove columns.

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goto your logcat move your bottom scroll bar towards right then on top you can drag your LEVEL section towards left and make room for other section it will surely work

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The settings that worked for me are the following:

ddms.logcat.auotmonitor.level=error
ddms.logcat.automonitor=true
ddms.logcat.automonitor.userprompt=true
eclipse.preferences.version=1
logcat.view.colsize.Application=169
logcat.view.colsize.Level=54
logcat.view.colsize.PID=54
logcat.view.colsize.Tag=198
logcat.view.colsize.Text=676
logcat.view.colsize.Time=156

~/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

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I replaced/overwrote the com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs file:
~/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

with one from a previous Eclipse installation. It worked. This is the content:

com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.data=82
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.info=1193
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.name=663
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.permissions=94
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.size=58
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.explorer.time=46
ddms.logcat.auotmonitor.level=error
ddms.logcat.automonitor.userprompt=true
devicePanel.Col0=378
devicePanel.Col1=56
devicePanel.Col4=1273
eclipse.preferences.version=1
logcat.view.colsize.Application=98
logcat.view.colsize.Level=67
logcat.view.colsize.PID=54
logcat.view.colsize.TID=54
logcat.view.colsize.Tag=168
logcat.view.colsize.Text=1001
logcat.view.colsize.Time=196

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1) exit eclipse

2) open up the file

~/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms.prefs

3) Input false vlaue for your arbitrarily parameters
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