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MKAF(1)                    General Commands Manual                   MKAF(1)

NAME         top

       mkaf - create a Performance Co-Pilot archive folio

SYNOPSIS         top

       $PCP_BINADM_DIR/mkaf [-?]  [findopts] filename ...

DESCRIPTION         top

       A collection of one or more Performance Co-Pilot (see PCPIntro(1))
       archive logs may be combined with mkaf to produce a PCP archive folio
       and the associated archive folio control file.  Some PCP tools use
       mkaf to create archive folios, e.g. the ``record'' facility in the
       pmchart(1) and pmview(1) tools, to facilitate playback with pmafm(1).

       mkaf processes each filename argument, and if this is a component
       file from a PCP archive that archive is added to the folio.

       If filename is a directory, then this is searched recursively using
       find(1).  Any filename argument beginning with a ``-'' is assumed to
       be a find(1) command line option (findopts); the default is -follow
       if no findopts are specified.

       The first named archive in the folio is assumed to be associated with
       the default host for any tool that tries to replay multiple archives
       from the folio.

       The folio control file is written to standard output, and has the
       following format.

       1. The first line contains the word PCPFolio.

       2. The second line contains the tag Version: followed by the format
          version number (currently 1).

       3. For subsequent lines, blank lines and lines beginning with ``#''
          are ignored.

       4. The line beginning with the tag Created: documents where and when
          the folio was created.

       5. The line beginning with the tag Creator: identifies the tool which
          created the folio (and is assumed to know how to replay the
          archive folio).  If present, the second argument is the name of a
          configuration file that the creator tool could use to replay the
          archive folio, e.g. with the replay command for pmafm(1).  In the
          case of mkaf (unlike pmchart(1) or pmview(1)) there is no
          knowledge of the contents of the archives, so the ``creator''
          cannot replay the archive, however pmchart(1) is able to replay
          any archive, and so this tool is identified as the Creator: for
          archive folios created by mkaf(1).

       6. This is then followed by one or more lines beginning with the tag
          Archive: followed by the hostname and base name of the archive.

       For example
            $ mkaf mydir/gonzo
       might produce the following folio control file.

       Version: 1
       # use pmafm(1) to process this PCP archive folio
       Created: on gonzo at Tue Jul  2 03:35:54 EST 1996
       Creator: pmchart
       #               Host                    Basename
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960627
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960628
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960629
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960630
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960701
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960701.00.10
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960701.05.25
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960702.00.10

OPTIONS         top

       The available command line options are:

       -?   Display usage message and exit.

            Options to be passed to find(1).  The default is -follow.

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       Some informational messages, warnings and pathological conditions are
       reported on standard error.


       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

       find(1), PCPIntro(1), pmafm(1), pmchart(1), pmview(1), pcp.conf(5)
       and pcp.env(5).

COLOPHON         top

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