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 configuration 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
The -a option causes pmprobe to use the specified set of archives
rather than connecting to a PMCD. The argument 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 -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
Normally pmprobe operates on the distributed Performance Metrics Name
Space (PMNS), however, 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 conforms to the syntax
described in __pmSpecLocalPMDA(3). More than one -K option may
-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 archive(s). Refer to
PCPIntro(1) for a complete description of this option, and the
syntax for the time argument.
-v Report the value for each instance, as per the formatting rules
of pmPrintValue(3). When fetching from a set of archives, 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.
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).
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