As you can see, my fortress is filled with miasma, which is generated by lots of rotten dwarf corpses. I have a corpse stockpile outside and one idle dwarf who has Refuse Hauling labor enabled. I've waited for quite a while, but he is still under no job state. Why?

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    Are your dwarves allowed to leave the fortress? Is there a valid path to the corpse-stockpile? Is corpse hauling enabled (o->Dwarves Haul/Ignore corpses)? Are the corpses forbidden?
    – Silent-Bob
    Jun 14, 2016 at 7:50
  • check the job listing to make sure the haul corpse jobs are getting queued up.
    – KutuluMike
    Jun 14, 2016 at 11:45
  • @Silent-Bob I didn't forbidden them to leave the fortress; Their path to the corpse-stockpile is unblocked; Can't see Dwarves Haul/Ignore corpses, but Dwarves Dump corpses(o->r->c) is set; None of the corpses are forbidden.
    – nalzok
    Jun 14, 2016 at 13:59
  • @KutuluMike Unfortunately, hauling isn't on the job list, and my question is why it isn't.
    – nalzok
    Jun 14, 2016 at 14:00
  • Consider looking at this answer if the corpses are outside. Also the gather/ignore bodies is in the top of the orders menu tree, not under refuse. So (o->g).
    – Nick
    Jun 15, 2016 at 2:46

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What! You are dumping dead dwarves on your garbage heap? You insensitive cad! Dwarves like to be buried, in coffins (carpenter/wood) or Sarcophagi (mason/stone). Once you make some and install them in a tomb room, your dwarves may bury the dead dwarves there. Even though this may not solve your miasma problem from rotting things other than dwarf bodies, this may solve your dwarf body problem, since miasma doesn't occur once the bodies are in a coffin. I believe that by default all your dwarves have the burial labor turned on, and the weird DF behavior regarding hauling garbage outside the fortress doesn't apply to the burial labor.

Update: apparently dwarves refuse to treat dwarf bodies or body-parts as garbage in the most recent versions, so your regular garbage hauling should work to stop miasma on things other than dead dwarf bodies, but you will need a tomb for dead dwarfs.

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