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NAME         top

       pmdumptext - dump performance metrics to an ASCII table

SYNOPSIS         top

       pmdumptext [-CFGHilmMNoruXz?]  [-a archive] [-A align] [-c config]
       [-d delimiter] [-f format] [-h host] [-n pmnsfile] [-O offset] [-P
       precision] [-R lines] [-s sample] [-S starttime] [-t interval] [-T
       endtime] [-U string] [-w width] [-Z timezone] [metric ...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmdumptext outputs the values of performance metrics collected live
       or from a set of Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) archives.  By default,
       the metric values are displayed in tab separated columns, prefixed by
       a timestamp.

       Unless directed to another host by the -h option, or to one or more
       sets of archives by the -a option, pmdumptext will contact the
       Performance Metrics Collector Daemon (PMCD) on the local host to
       obtain the required information.

       pmdumptext may be run in interactive mode with the -i option which
       displays the values in equal width columns.  Without this option, no
       attempt is made to line up any values allowing the output to be
       easily parsed by other applications.

       The format of the output can be further controlled by changing the
       precision of the values with -P, the width of the columns with -w,
       and the format of the values with the -G and -F options for the
       shortest of scientific or fixed digits, and a fixed width format,

       The metrics to be dumped can be listed on the command line, in a
       config file, or piped to pmdumptext on stdin.  A metric consists of
       an optional source (host or archive), the metric name, and an
       optional instance list immediately after the name.  A colon is used
       to separate a host name from the metric, and a forward slash (``/'')
       to separate an archive name from the metric.  Instances are enclosed
       in square brackets and a comma is used between each instance if more
       than one is stated.  For example, some legal metrics are:


       The format of a metric is further described in PCPIntro(1).  A
       normalization value may optionally follow a metric name in a config
       file or on stdin.  The metric value will be scaled by this value.
       For example, if the file system ``/dev/root'' has a capacity of
       1965437 bytes, then the percentage of the file system that is used
       could be dumped with this config:

               filesys.used[/dev/root] 19654.37

       A normalization value may not be used with metrics specified as
       command line arguments.

       A metric name is not required to be a leaf node in the Performance
       Metrics Name Space (PMNS), except when one or more instances are
       specified.  For example, to dump all file system metrics, only
       filesys is required to dump filesys.capacity, filesys.used, etc.

OPTIONS         top

       The command line options -A, -O, -S and -T control the alignment,
       offset, start and end time when visualizing metrics from archives.
       These options are common to most Performance Co-Pilot tools and are
       fully described in PCPIntro(1).

       The other available options are:

       -a archive, --archive=archive
            Specifies the historical archive from which metrics can be
            obtained for a particular host.  archive is the full path to an
            individual archive file, or the name of a directory containing
            archives, or the basename of an archive - all previously created
            by pmlogger(1).  Multiple sets of archives (separated by commas
            or in different -a options) from different hosts may be given,
            but only one set of archives per host is permitted.  Any metrics
            that are not associated with a specific host or archive will use
            the first archive as their source.

       -c config, --config=config
            If no metrics are listed on the command line, a config file can
            be used to specify the metrics to be dumped.  Unlike the command
            line metrics, each metric may be followed by a normalization
            value.  Empty lines and lines that begin with ``#'' are ignored.

       -C, --check
            Exit before dumping any values, but after parsing the metrics.
            Metrics, instances, normals and units are listed if -m, -l, -N
            and/or -u are specified.

       -d delimiter, --delimiter=delimiter
            Specify the delimiter that separates each column of output.  The
            delimiter may only be a single character.  -f format,
            --time-format=format Use the format string for formatting the
            timestamp with each set of values.  The syntax of this string is
            the same as that described in strftime(3).  An empty format
            string (eg. '') will remove the timestamps from the output.

       -F, --fixed
            Output the values in a fixed width format of 6 characters.
            Positive numbers are represented as dd.ddu and negative numbers
            as [-]d.ddu.  The postfix multiplier may have the values
            K(10^3), M(10^6), G(10^9) and T(10^12).  For example, 4567 would
            be displayed as 4.57K, even if the units of the metric are

       -G, --scientific
            Output the values using the shortest of a scientific format or a
            decimal notation.

       -h host, --host=host
            Fetch performance metrics from pmcd(1) on host, rather than the
            default localhost.

       -H, --headers
            Show all headers before dumping any metric values.  This is
            equivalent to -lmNu.

       -i, --interactive
            Output the data in fixed width columns using fixed width values
            (see -F) so that it is human-readable.  This option may not be
            used with -P as fixed point values are not fixed width.  This
            option will also affect the output of -m and -u options as the
            metric, instance and unit names will be truncated.

       -l, --source
            Show the source of the metrics.  In interactive mode, the host
            of the metrics is shown.  In non-interactive mode, this option
            shows the source of the metrics with the metric name even if -m
            is not specified.

       -m, --metrics
            Output the metric names before the metric values.  The source
            and units of the metrics may also be dumped with the -l and -u
            options respectively.  If in interactive mode, the metrics names
            may be truncated, and the instance names, where relevant, are
            also truncated on the follow line.

       -M   Output the column number and complete metric names before
            dumping any values.  If the -l flag is also specified, the
            source of the metrics is also shown.

       -n pmnsfile, --namespace=pmnsfile
            Load an alternative local PMNS from the file pmnsfile.

       -o, --offset
            When a timestamp is being reported (ie. unless an empty format
            string is given with the -f option), the timestamp is prefixed
            with the offset in seconds from the start of the set of archives
            or the beginning of the execution of pmdumptext.

       -N   Output the normalization factors before the metric values.

       -p precision, --precision=precision
            Set the precision of the values.  This option may not be used
            with -F as the precision is constant.  The default precision is

       -r, --raw
            Output the raw metric values, do not convert counters to rates.
            This option also causes pmdumptext to ignore the normalization
            values for each metric.

       -R lines, --repeat=lines
            Repeat the header every lines of output.  This option is useful
            in interactive mode when using a graphical window to avoid the
            header scrolling beyond the window's buffer, and to realign the
            header if the window is resized.

       -s samples, --samples=samples
            pmdumptext will terminate after this many samples.

       -t interval, --interval=interval
            The interval option follows the syntax described in PCPIntro(1),
            and in the simplest form may be an unsigned integer (the implied
            units in this case are seconds).  The default interval is 1

       -u, --units
            Output the units of the metrics before the first values, but
            after the metric names if -m is also specified.

       -U string, --unavailable=string
            Change the output when values are unavailable to string.  The
            default string is ``?''.

       -w width, --widthfR=width
            Set the column width of the output.  Strings will be truncated
            to this width, and maybe postfixed by ``...'' if the width is
            greater than 5.

       -X, --extended
            Output the column number and complete metric names, one-per-
            line, both before dumping the first set of values and again each
            time the header is repeated.  -z, --hostzone Use the local
            timezone of the host that is the source of the performance
            metrics, as identified by either the -h or the first -a options.
            The default is to use the timezone of the local host.

       -Z timezone, --timezone=timezone
            Use timezone for the date and time.  Timezone is in the format
            of the environment variable TZ as described in environ(7).

       -?, --help
            Display usage message and exit.


       pmdumptext supports the dumping of metrics from multiple hosts or set
       of archives.  The metrics listed on the command line or in the config
       file may have no specific source or come from different sources.

       However, restrictions apply when archives are specified on the
       command line (-a) and/or in the configuration file.  Firstly, there
       may be only one set of archives for any one host.  Secondly, the
       hosts of any metrics with host sources must correspond to the host of
       a set of archives, either on the command line or previously as the
       source of another metric.

       The options -a and -h may not be used together.


       All metrics that have the semantics of counters are automatically
       converted to rates over the sample time interval.  In interactive
       mode, pmdumptext will also change the units of some metrics so that
       they are easier to comprehend:

       o      All metrics with space units (bytes to terabytes) are scaled
              to bytes.  Note that 1024 bytes with be represented as 1.02K,
              not 1.00K.

       o      Metrics that are counters with time units (nanoseconds to
              hours) represent time utilization over the sample interval.
              The unit strings of such metrics is changed to ``Time
              Utilization'' or abbreviated to ``util'' and the values are
              normalized to the range zero to one.

EXAMPLES         top

       o To examine the load on two hosts foo and bar, simultaneously:

     $ pmdumptext -il 'foo:kernel.all.load[1]' 'bar:kernel.all.load[1]'
                  Source        foo     bar
     Wed Jul 30 11:37:53      0.309   0.409
     Wed Jul 30 11:37:54      0.309   0.409
     Wed Jul 30 11:37:55      0.309   0.409

       o To output the memory utilization on a remote host called bong with
       a simpler timestamp:

     $ pmdumptext -imu -h bong -f '%H:%M:%S' mem.util
       Metric        kernel  fs_ctl  _dirty  _clean    free    user
        Units             b       b       b       b       b       b
     09:32:28         8.98M   0.97M   0.00    3.90M   7.13M  46.13M
     09:32:29         8.99M   0.98M   0.00    5.71M   5.39M  46.03M
     09:32:30         8.99M   1.07M   0.00    5.81M   4.55M  46.69M
     09:32:31         9.03M   1.16M   0.00    6.45M   3.48M  47.00M
     09:32:32         9.09M   1.18M  20.48K   6.23M   3.29M  47.30M

       o To dump all metrics collected in an archive at a 30 second interval
       to a file for processing by another tool:

     $ pminfo -a archive | pmdumptext -t 30s -m -a archive > outfile

FILES         top

            default PMNS specification files


       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).

       For environment variables affecting PCP tools, see pmGetOptions(3).

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pmchart(1), pmlogger(1), pmrep(1), PMAPI(3),
       strftime(3) and environ(7).

COLOPHON         top

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