PMLOGEXTRACT(1)            General Commands Manual           PMLOGEXTRACT(1)

NAME         top

       pmlogextract - reduce, extract, concatenate and merge Performance Co-
       Pilot archives

SYNOPSIS         top

       pmlogextract [-dfmwz] [-c configfile] [-S starttime] [-s samples] [-T
       endtime] [-v volsamples] [-Z timezone] input [...] output

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmlogextract reads one or more Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) archive
       logs identified by input and creates a temporally merged and/or
       reduced PCP archive log in output.  input is a comma-separated list
       of names, each of which may be the base name of an archive or the
       name of a directory containing one or more archives.  The nature of
       merging is controlled by the number of input archive logs, while the
       nature of data reduction is controlled by the command line arguments.
       The input(s) must be sets of PCP archive logs created by pmlogger(1)
       with performance data collected from the same host, but usually over
       different time periods and possibly (although not usually) with
       different performance metrics being logged.

       If only one input is specified, then the default behavior simply
       copies the input set of PCP archive logs, into the output PCP archive
       log.  When two or more sets of PCP archive logs are specified as
       input, the sets of logs are merged (or concatenated) and written to

       In the output archive log a <mark> record may be inserted at a time
       just past the end of each of the input archive logs to indicate a
       possible temporal discontinuity between the end of one input archive
       log and the start of the next input archive log.  See the MARK
       RECORDS section below for more information.  There is no <mark>
       record after the end of the last (in temporal order) of the input
       archive logs.

OPTIONS         top

       The command line options for pmlogextract are as follows:

       -c configfile
              Extract only the metrics specified in configfile from the
              input PCP archive log(s).  The configfile syntax accepted by
              pmlogextract is explained in more detail in the Configuration
              File Syntax section.

       -d     Desperate mode.  Normally if a fatal error occurs, all trace
              of the partially written PCP archive output is removed.  With
              the -d option, the output archive log is not removed.

       -f     For most common uses, all of the input archive logs will have
              been collected in the same timezone.  But if this is not the
              case, then pmlogextract must choose one of the timezones from
              the input archive logs to be used as the timezone for the
              output archive log.  The default is to use the timezone from
              the last input archive log.  The -f option forces the timezone
              from the first input archive log to be used.

       -m     As described in the MARK RECORDS section below, sometimes it
              is possible to safely omit <mark> records from the output
              archive.  If the -m option is specified, then the epilogue and
              prologue test is skipped and a <mark> record will always be
              inserted at the end of each input archive (except the last).
              This is the original behaviour for pmlogextract.

       -S starttime
              Define the start of a time window to restrict the samples
              retrieved or specify a ``natural'' alignment of the output
              sample times; refer to PCPIntro(1).  See also the -w option.

       -s samples
              The argument samples defines the number of samples to be
              written to output.  If samples is 0 or -s is not specified,
              pmlogextract will sample until the end of the PCP archive log,
              or the end of the time window as specified by -T, whichever
              comes first.  The -s option will override the -T option if it
              occurs sooner.

       -T endtime
              Define the termination of a time window to restrict the
              samples retrieved or specify a ``natural'' alignment of the
              output sample times; refer to PCPIntro(1).  See also the -w

       -v volsamples
              The output archive log is potentially a multi-volume data set,
              and the -v option causes pmlogextract to start a new volume
              after volsamples log records have been written to the archive

              Independent of any -v option, each volume of an archive is
              limited to no more than 2^31 bytes, so pmlogextract will
              automatically create a new volume for the archive before this
              limit is reached.

       -w     Where -S and -T specify a time window within the same day, the
              -w flag will cause the data within the time window to be
              extracted, for every day in the archive log.  For example, the
              options -w -S @11:00 -T @15:00 specify that pmlogextract
              should include archive log records only for the periods from
              11am to 3pm on each day.  When -w is used, the output archive
              log will contain <mark> records to indicate the temporal
              discontinuity between the end of one time window and the start
              of the next.

       -Z timezone
              Use timezone when displaying the date and time.  Timezone is
              in the format of the environment variable TZ as described in

       -z     Use the local timezone of the host from the input archive
              logs.  The default is to initially use the timezone of the
              local host.


       The configfile contains metrics of interest - only those metrics (or
       instances) mentioned explicitly or implicitly in the configuration
       file will be included in the output archive.  Each specifications
       must begin on a new line, and may span multiple lines in the
       configuration file.  Instances may also be specified, but they are
       optional.  The format for each specification is

               metric [[instance[,instance...]]]

       where metric may be a leaf or a non-leaf name in the Performance
       Metrics Name Space (PMNS, see pmns(5)).  If a metric refers to a non-
       leaf node in the PMNS, pmlogextract will recursively descend the PMNS
       and include all metrics corresponding to descendent leaf nodes.

       Instances are optional, and may be specified as a list of one or more
       space (or comma) separated names, numbers or strings (enclosed in
       single or double quotes).  Elements in the list that are numbers are
       assumed to be internal instance identifiers - see pmGetInDom(3) for
       more information.  If no instances are given, then all instances of
       the associated metric(s) will be extracted.

       Any additional white space is ignored and comments may be added with
       a `#' prefix.


       This is an example of a valid configfile:

               # config file for pmlogextract

               kernel.percpu.cpu.sys ["cpu0","cpu1"]

MARK RECORDS         top

       When more than one input archive log contributes performance data to
       the output archive log, then <mark> records may be inserted to
       indicate a possible discontinuity in the performance data.

       A <mark> record contains a timestamp and no performance data and is
       used to indicate that there is a time period in the PCP archive log
       where we do not know the values of any performance metrics, because
       there was no pmlogger(1) collecting performance data during this
       period.  Since these periods are often associated with the restart of
       a service or pmcd(1) or a system, there may be considerable doubt as
       to the continuity of performance data across this time period.

       Most current archives are created with a prologue record at the
       beginning and an epilogue record at the end.  These records identify
       the state of pmcd(1) at the time, and may be used by pmlogextract to
       determine that there is no discontinuity between the end of one
       archive and the next output record, and as a consequence the <mark>
       record can safely be omitted from the output archive.

       The rationale behind <mark> records may be demonstrated with an
       example.  Consider one input archive log that starts at 00:10 and
       ends at 09:15 on the same day, and another input archive log that
       starts at 09:20 on the same day and ends at 00:10 the following
       morning.  This would be a very common case for archives managed and
       rotated by pmlogger_check(1) and pmlogger_daily(1).

       The output archive log created by pmlogextract would contain:
       00:10.000   first record from first input archive log
       09:15.000   last record from first input archive log
       09:15.001   <mark> record
       09:20.000   first record from second input archive log
       01:10.000   last record from second input archive log

       The time period where the performance data is missing starts just
       after 09:15 and ends just before 09:20.  When the output archive log
       is processed with any of the PCP reporting tools, the <mark> record
       is used to indicate a period of missing data.  For example using the
       output archive above, imagine one was reporting the average I/O rate
       at 30 minute intervals aligned on the hour and half-hour.  The I/O
       count metric is a counter, so the average I/O rate requires two valid
       values from consecutive sample times.  There would be values for all
       the intervals ending at 09:00, then no values at 09:30 because of the
       <mark> record, then no values at 10:00 because the ``prior'' value at
       09:30 is not available, then the rate would be reported again at
       10:30 and continue every 30 minutes until the last reported value at

       The presence of <mark> records in a PCP archive log can be
       established using pmdumplog(1) where a timestamp and the annotation
       <mark> is used to indicate a <mark> record.


       When more than one input archive set is specified, pmlogextract
       performs a number of checks to ensure the metadata is consistent for
       metrics appearing in more than one of the input archive sets.  These
       checks include:

       * metric data type is the same
       * metric semantics are the same
       * metric units are the same
       * metric is either always singular or always has the same instance
       * metrics with the same name have the same PMID
       * metrics with the same PMID have the same name

       If any of these checks fail, pmlogextract reports the details and
       aborts without creating the output archive.

       To address these semantic issues, use pmlogrewrite(1) to translate
       the input archives into equivalent archives with consistent metdadata
       before using pmlogextract.

FILES         top

       For each of the input and output archive logs, several physical files
       are used.
                 metadata (metric descriptions, instance domains, etc.) for
                 the archive log
       archive.0 initial volume of metrics values (subsequent volumes have
                 suffixes 1, 2, ...) - for input these files may have been
                 previously compressed with bzip2(1) or gzip(1) and thus may
                 have an additional .bz2 or .gz suffix.
                 temporal index to support rapid random access to the other
                 files in the archive log.


       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), pmdumplog(1), pmlc(1), pmlogger(1), pmlogreduce(1),
       pmlogrewrite(1), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       All error conditions detected by pmlogextract are reported on stderr
       with textual (if sometimes terse) explanation.

       Should one of the input archive logs be corrupted (this can happen if
       the pmlogger instance writing the log suddenly dies), then
       pmlogextract will detect and report the position of the corruption in
       the file, and any subsequent information from that archive log will
       not be processed.

       If any error is detected, pmlogextract will exit with a non-zero

CAVEATS         top

       The preamble metrics (pmcd.pmlogger.archive,, and
       pmcd.pmlogger.port), which are automatically recorded by pmlogger at
       the start of the archive, may not be present in the archive output by
       pmlogextract.  These metrics are only relevant while the archive is
       being created, and have no significance once recording has finished.

COLOPHON         top

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