PMFIND(1)                  General Commands Manual                 PMFIND(1)

NAME         top

       pmfind - find PCP services on the network

SYNOPSIS         top

       pmfind [-q] [-m mechanism] [-s service] [-r] [-t timeout]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmfind searches for instances of the specified PCP service being
       advertised on the network and prints a list of URLs corresponding to
       the services discovered.

       By default pmfind will search for all supported PCP services, however
       a specific PCP service to discover can be specified using the -s
       option. Supported services are pmcd(1), pmproxy(1) and pmwebd(1).

       The -m option sets the mechanism that pmfind uses when performing
       service discovery.  By default, or if the keyword "all" is specified,
       every available mechanism will be used (iteratively). Supported
       mechanisms are:

       avahi  Searches for services which are broadcasting using mDNS via
              avahi-daemon(8).  An optional suffix ",timeout=N" may be added
              to limit the amount of time waiting for the avahi-daemon. N is
              a floating point number specifying the number of seconds to
              wait. The default is 0.5 seconds.  This timeout may also be
              specified by setting the environment variable
              AVAHI_DISCOVERY_TIMEOUT to the desired number of seconds. If
              both are specified, then the value specified in the
              environment variable takes precedence.

              Actively probes the given subnet for the requested PCP
              service(s).  <net-address> is an inet or ipv6 network address
              and <mask-bits> is the number of bits used to define the
              subnet. For example, defines an 8 bit subnet
              consisting of the addresses through
              An optional suffix ",maxThreads=N" may be added to limit the
              number of threads used while probing. The default is the value
              of FD_SETSIZE or the number of addresses in the subnet,
              whichever is less.  An optional suffix ",timeout=N" may be
              added to limit the amount of time waiting for each connection
              attempt. N is a floating point number specifying the number of
              seconds to wait. The default is 20ms.

       The -r option requests that DNS name resolution be attempted for the
       addresses of any discovered services. The default is to display the
       network addresses of any discovered services.

       The -t option sets the maximum amount of time that pmfind will take
       before interrupting the service discovery. The argument is a floating
       point number representing the number of seconds before timing out.
       The default is to take as much time as is needed to complete the

       The -q option suppresses all output on the standard output stream.


       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).

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       The value of the exit status from the command is zero when services
       were successfully located, one if no services were found, and two if
       an error occurred.

       In the event of an error, a message will be generated on standard
       error that is intended to be self-explanatory.

SIGNALS         top

       pmfind will interrupt the service discovery process when one of the
       following signals is received: SIGHUP, SIGPIPE, SIGINT, SIGTERM,
       SIGXFSZ, SIGXCPU.  pmfind will report any results which were
       discovered up to point of the interruption.

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pmproxy(1), pmwebd(1), PMAPI(3),
       pmDiscoverServices(3), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

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