Under certain circumstances, it is useful to be able to modify the
values of performance metrics, for example to re-initialize counters
or to assign new values to metrics that act as control variables.
pmstore changes the current values for the nominated instances of a
single performance metric, as identified by metricname and the list
of instance identifiers following the -i argument. instances must be
a single argument, with elements of the list separated by commas
and/or white space. By default all instances of metricname will be
Normally pmstore operates on the default Performance Metrics Name
Space (PMNS), however if the -n option is specified an alternative
namespace is loaded from the file pmnsfile.
Unless directed to another host by the -h option, pmstore will
interact with the Performance Metric Collector Daemon (PMCD) on the
The -L option causes pmstore to use a local context to store to
metrics from PMDAs on the local host without PMCD. Only some metrics
are available in this mode. The -h and -L options are mutually
The -f option forces the given value to be stored, even if there is
no current value set.
The interpretation of value is dependent on the syntax used in its
specification and the underlying data type of metricname, as follows.
1. If the metric has an integer type, then value should be an
optional leading hyphen, followed either by decimal digits or
``0x'' and some hexadecimal digits. ``0X'' is also acceptable in
lieu of ``0x''. See strtol(3) and the related routines.
2. If the metric has a floating point type, then value should be
either in the form of an integer described above, or a fixed
point number, or a number in scientific notation. See strtod(3).
3. If the metric has a string type, then value is interpreted as a
literal string of ASCII characters.
4. If the metric has any other type (i.e. PM_TYPE_EVENT or
PM_TYPE_AGGREGATE) then no encoding of value from the command
line makes sense, and the values of these metrics cannot be
modified with pmstore.
The output reports the old value and the new value for each updated
instance of the requested metric.
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 be used.
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).
Two messages indicate a mismatch between the internal data type for
metricname and the value provided.
The value "???" is out of range for the data type (PM_TYPE_...)
The value "???" is incompatible with the data type (PM_TYPE_...)
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