PMDABCC(1)                 General Commands Manual                PMDABCC(1)

NAME         top

       pmdabcc - BCC PMDA

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmdabcc is a Performance Metrics Domain Agent (PMDA) which extracts
       live performance data from extended BPF (Berkeley Packet Filter)
       programs by using BCC (BPF Compiler Collection) Python frontend.

       pmdabcc itself provides no PCP metrics or BPF code; instead it loads
       and acts as a bridge for any number of configured, separate PCP BCC
       PMDA Python modules running BPF programs.  Existing BCC Python tools
       and programs should be possible to be utilized with PCP BCC PMDA
       modules with reasonable effort.

       See the BPF and BCC documentation for detailed description of both.

INSTALLATION         top

       pmdabcc reads a mandatory ini-style configuration file

           · $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bcc/bcc.conf

       This file contains in its [pmda] section values for the following
       PMDA options:

           · modules
           · prefix

       pmdabcc reads module-specific configuration for each module listed in
       the comma-separated list of modules (mandatory).  By default, all
       metrics from the modules will appear under the bcc Performance
       Metrics Name Space (PMNS) tree, prefix (optional) can be used to
       change this generic prefix.

       For each listed module a corresponding [module] section must be
       defined containing at least the following options:

           · module
           · cluster

       module defines the actual Python module file name to be loaded during
       PMDA startup under the modules subdirectory of the PCP BCC PMDA
       installation.  cluster specifies the cluster ID for the metrics
       provided by the module under the PMNS path.  Optionally, prefix can
       be defined to override the generic value described above.  All
       modules accept but not necessarily use the boolean debug option.

       Modules may also support additional module-specific configuration
       options, refer to each module for their supported options.

       Once the needed setup is ready, you can install the PMDA to load the
       configured modules and the BPF programs they utilize.  To install, do
       the following as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bcc
           # ./Install

       To uninstall, do the following as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bcc
           # ./Remove

       pmdabcc is launched by pmcd(1) and should never be executed directly.
       The Install and Remove scripts notify pmcd(1) when the agent is
       installed or removed.

FILES         top

              configuration file for the pmdabcc agent

              PCP BCC PMDA Python modules available for the pmdabcc agent

              installation script for the pmdabcc agent

              undo installation script for the pmdabcc agent

              default log file for messages from the pmdabcc agent


       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
       configuration file, as described in pcp.conf(5).

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), bcc(1), bpf(1), and pmcd(1).

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