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PMDABPFTRACE(1)          General Commands Manual         PMDABPFTRACE(1)

NAME         top

       pmdabpftrace - bpftrace PMDA

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmdabpftrace is a Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) Performance Metrics
       Domain Agent (PMDA) which exports metrics from bpftrace(8)


       pmdabpftrace reads an optional ini-style configuration file:


       This file may contain [bpftrace] and [dynamic_scripts] sections.
       If you enable the dynamic scripts functionality, please refer to on how to setup authentication.
       This is highly recommended, as otherwise anyone could run any
       bpftrace(8) script as root.

       [bpftrace] section specifies values for the following settings
       (their default values are shown in parenthesis):

       bpftrace_path (bpftrace)
              Path to the bpftrace(8) executable.

       script_expiry_time (60)
              Unnamed scripts are removed after this period of time (in
              seconds) in case there has been no requests for their

       max_throughput (2097152)
              Maximum throughput of bpftrace scripts in bytes.

       [dynamic_scripts] section specifies values for the following
       settings (their default values are shown in parenthesis):

       enabled (false)
              A boolean value to specify whether script should be
              started on demand, by executing pmStore (3)
              bpftrace.control.register.  This feature needs to be
              enabled for the PCP bpftrace datasource in grafana-pcp.

       auth_enabled (true)
              A boolean value to specify whether authentication is
              required or not.  Please see the note above on
              authentication setup.

       allowed_users (root)
              A comma-separated list of usernames which are allowed to
              register bpftrace(8) scripts.

INSTALLATION         top

       To install, the following must be done as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bpftrace
           # ./Install

       To uninstall, the following must be done as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bpftrace
           # ./Remove

       pmdabpftrace is launched by pmcd(1) and should never be executed
       directly.  The Install and Remove scripts notify pmcd(1) when the
       agent is installed or removed.

FILES         top

            configuration file for the pmdabpftrace agent

            installation script for the pmdabpftrace agent

            undo installation script for the pmdabpftrace agent

            default log file for messages from the pmdabpftrace agent

       Note that the usual/default value for $PCP_PMDAS_DIR is
       /var/lib/pcp/pmdas and the default for $PCP_LOG_DIR is
       /var/log/pcp but these settings are platform dependent.


       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

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1) and bpftrace(8).

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