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Lightweight probe for performance metrics.

PMPROBE(1)                           General Commands Manual                           PMPROBE(1)


pmprobe - lightweight probe for performance metrics


pmprobe [-fIiLVvz] [-a archive] [-h hostname] [-K spec] [-n pmnsfile] [-O time] [-Z time‐ zone] [metricname ...]


pmprobe determines the availability of performance metrics exported through the facilities of the Performance Co-Pilot (PCP). The metrics of interest are named in the metricname arguments. If metricname is a non- leaf node in the Performance Metrics Name Space (pmns(5)), then pmprobe will recursively descend the PMNS and report on all leaf nodes. If no metricname argument is given, the root of the namespace is used. The output format is spartan and intended for use in wrapper scripts creating configura‐ tion files for other PCP tools. By default, there is one line of output per metric, with the metric name followed by a count of the number of available values. Error conditions are encoded as a negative value count (as per the PMAPI(3) protocols, but may be decoded using pmerr(1)) and followed by a textual description of the error. Unless directed to another host by the -h option, pmprobe will contact the Performance Metrics Collector Daemon (PMCD) on the local host. The -a option causes pmprobe to use the specified archive rather than connecting to a PMCD. The -a and -h options are mutually exclusive. The -L option causes pmprobe to use a local context to collect metrics from PMDAs on the local host without PMCD. Only some metrics are available in this mode. The -a,-h and -L options are mutually exclusive. Normally pmprobe operates on the distributed Performance Metrics Name Space (PMNS), how‐ ever, if the -n option is specified an alternative local PMNS file is loaded from the file pmnsfile. Other options control the output of additional information when one or more values is available. -f When used with -i or -I the set of instances reported will be all of those known at the source of the performance data. By default the set of reported instances are those for which values are currently available, which may be smaller than the set reported with -f. -I Report the external identifiers for each instance. The literal string PM_IN_NULL is reported for singular metrics. -i Report the internal identifiers for each instance. The values are in decimal and prefixed by ``?''. As a special case, the literal string PM_IN_NULL is reported for singular metrics. -K When using the -L option to fetch metrics from a local context, the -K option may be used to control the DSO PMDAs that should be made accessible. The spec argument con‐ forms to the syntax described in __pmSpecLocalPMDA(3). More than one -K option may be used. -O When used in conjunction with an archive source of metrics and the -v option the time argument defines a time origin at which the metrics should be fetched from the ar‐ chive. Refer to PCPIntro(1) for a complete description of this option, and the syn‐ tax for the time argument. When the ``ctime'' format is used for the time argument in a -O option, the timezone becomes an issue. The default is to use the local timezone on the system where pmprobe is run. The -Z option changes the timezone to timezone in the format of the environment variable TZ as described in environ(7). The -z option changes the time‐ zone to the local timezone at the host that is the source of the performance metrics, as identified via the -a option. -v Report the value for each instance, as per the formatting rules of pmPrintValue(3). When fetching from an archive, only those instances present in the first archive record for a metric will be displayed; see also the -O option. The -v option is mutually exclusive with either the -I or -i options. The -V option provides a cryptic summary of the number of messages sent and received across the PMAPI interface.


$ pmprobe 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 $ pmprobe -I 2 "dks0d1" "dks0d2" 2 "dks0d1" "dks0d2" 1 PM_IN_NULL $ pmprobe -v pmcd.numagents pmcd.version pmcd.control.timeout pmcd.numagents 1 9 pmcd.version 1 "2.0 beta-1" pmcd.control.timeout 1 5 $ pmprobe -v -1012 Unknown metric name 1 4992466


$PCP_VAR_DIR/pmns/* default PMNS specification files


Environment variables with the prefix PCP_ are used to parameterize the file and directory names used by PCP. On each installation, the file /etc/pcp.conf contains the local values for these variables. The $PCP_CONF variable may be used to specify an alternative config‐ uration file, as described in pcp.conf(5).


PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pmdumplog(1), pminfo(1), PMAPI(3), pmErrStr(3), __pmSpecLocalP‐ MDA(3), pcp.conf(5), pcp.env(5) and pmns(5).
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pmprobe(1) referred by pcp-collectl(1) | pmdatrace(3) | pminfo(1) | pmtrace(1)
refer to environ(7) | pcp.conf(5) | pcp.env(5) | PCPIntro(1) | PMAPI(3) | pmcd(1) | pmdumplog(1) | pmerr(1) | pmErrStr(3) | pminfo(1) | pmns(5) | pmPrintValue(3) | __pmSpecLocalPMDA(3)