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NAME         top

       pmdadocker - docker performance metrics domain agent (PMDA)

SYNOPSIS         top

       $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/pmdadocker [-d domain] [-l logfile]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmdadocker is a docker Performance Metrics Domain Agent (PMDA)
       which exposes performance metrics as reported from the Docker
       Remote API.

       A brief description of the pmdadocker command line options

       -d   It is absolutely crucial that the performance metrics domain
            number specified here is unique and consistent.  That is,
            domain should be different for every PMDA on the one host,
            and the same domain number should be used for the same PMDA
            on all hosts.

       -l   Location of the log file.  By default, a log file named
            docker.log is written in the current directory of pmcd(1)
            when pmdadocker is started, i.e.  $PCP_LOG_DIR/pmcd.  If the
            log file cannot be created or is not writable, output is
            written to the standard error instead.

       Remote API metric requests are activated automatically and are
       fetched on a timer.  This timer is represented as a by pmdadocker
       via the docker.control.timing.  By default, pmdadocker will be
       set to fetch on a 1 second interval.

       pmdadocker will iterate over three different docker remote API

              Container metrics regarding the current state of the
              container. Such as PID, name or if the container is

              Basic version metrics about the current docker deamon in

              More in depth memory and cpu metrics of the container.

INSTALLATION         top

       If you want access to the names, help text and values for the
       docker performance metrics, do the following as root:

            # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/docker
            # ./Install

       If you want to undo the installation (and remove both PMDAs), do
       the following as root:

            # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/docker
            # ./Remove

       pmdadocker 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

              command line options used to launch pmdadocker
              default help text file for the docker metrics
              installation script for the pmdadocker agent
              undo installation script for the pmdadocker agent
              default log file for error messages and other information
              from pmdadocker


       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).  In particular, the $PCP_DOCKER_DIR may be set to
       change the default directory from /var/lib/docker.

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pcp.conf(5), pcp.env(5) and docker(1).

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