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NAME         top

       pminfo - display information about performance metrics

SYNOPSIS         top

       pminfo [-dfFIlLmMstTvxz?]  [-a archive] [-b batchsize] [-c dmfile]
       [-h hostname] [-K spec] [-[n|N] pmnsfile] [-O time] [-Z timezone]
       [--container] [metricname | pmid | indom]...

DESCRIPTION         top

       pminfo displays various types of information about performance
       metrics available through the facilities of the Performance Co-Pilot

       The metrics of interest are named in the metricname arguments.  If
       metricname is a non-leaf node in the PMNS, then pminfo will
       recursively descend the PMNS and report on all leaf nodes.  If no
       metricname argument is given, the root of the PMNS is used.

       If the metricname argument is in numeric dotted notation, it is
       interpreted as either a 3-dotted pmid (metric identifier - domain,
       cluster, item numbers) or a 2-dotted indom (instance domain
       identifier - domain, serial number).  In the pmid case, a reverse
       PMID-to-name lookup is performed, and in the indom case, the instance
       domain is reported directly.  This latter mode can be used to report
       the instance domain ``one line'' and long form help text summaries.

       Unless directed to another host by the -h option, by default pminfo
       will contact the Performance Metrics Collector Daemon (PMCD) on the
       local host.  The connection to a PMCD is only required if pminfo
       requires distributed PMNS information, and/or meta-data describing
       metrics, and/or metric values, and/or help text.

       The -a option causes pminfo to use the specified set of archives
       rather than connecting to a PMCD.

       The -L option causes pminfo to use a local context to collect metrics
       from PMDAs on the local host without PMCD.  Only some metrics are
       available in this mode.

       The -a, -h and -L options are mutually exclusive.

OPTIONS         top

       The available command line options are:

       -a archive, --archive=archive
            Performance metric values are retrieved from the set of
            Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) archive log files identified by the
            archive argument, which is a comma-separated list of names, each
            of which may be the base name of an archive or the name of a
            directory containing one or more archives.

       -b, --batch
            This option may be used to define the maximum number of metrics
            to be fetched in a single request for the -f and -v options.
            The default value for batchsize is 128.

       -c dmfile, --derived=dmfile
            The dmfile argument specifies a file that contains derived
            metric definitions in the format described for
            pmLoadDerivedConfig(3).  The -c option provides a way to load
            derived metric definitions that is an alternative to the more
            generic use of the PCP_DERIVED_CONFIG environment variable as
            described in PCPIntro(1).  Using the -c option and the
            PCP_DERIVED_CONFIG environment variable to specify the same
            configuration is a bad idea, so choose one or the other method.

       -d, --desc
            Metric descriptions detailing the PMID, data type, data
            semantics, units, scale and associated instance domain.

       -f, --fetch
            Fetch and print values for all instances.  When fetching from a
            set of archives, only those instances present in the first
            archive record for a metric will be displayed; see also the -O
            option, else use pmdumplog(1) which may be a better tool for
            examining archives.

       -F, --fetchall
            Same as -f but try harder to fetch instances for metrics which
            have non-enumerable instance domains (e.g. metrics in the
            ``proc'' subtree of the default PMNS on some platforms).

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

       -I, --fullindom
            Print the InDom in verbose mode.

       -K spec, --spec-local=spec
            When using the -L/ option to fetch metrics from a local context,
            this option controls 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.

       -l, --labels
            Print label sets associated with metrics and instances.  Labels
            are optional metric metadata described in detail in

       -m, --pmid
            Print the PMID in terse mode.

       -M, --fullpmid
            Print the PMID in verbose mode.

       -n pmnsfile, --namespace=pmnsfile
            Normally pminfo operates on the distributed Performance Metrics
            Name Space (PMNS), however if the -n option is specified an
            alternative local PMNS is loaded from the file pmnsfile.

       -N pmnsfile, --uniqnames=pmnsfile
            The -N option supports the same function as -n, except for the
            handling of duplicate names for the same Performance Metric
            Identifier (PMID) in pmnsfile - duplicate names are allowed with
            -n but they are not allowed with -N.

       -O time, --origin=time
            When used in conjunction with an archive source of metrics and
            the options -f/, the time argument defines a time origin at
            which the metrics should be fetched from the set of archives.
            Refer to PCPIntro(1) for a complete description of this option,
            and the syntax for the time argument.

       -s, --series
            Print time series identifiers associated with metrics, instances
            and sources.  These unique identifiers are calculated from
            intrinsic (non-optional) labels and other metric metadata
            associated with each PMAPI context (sources), metrics and
            instances.  Archive, local context or pmcd(1) connections for
            the same host all produce the same source identifier.  See also
            pmLookupLabels(3) and the -l option.

       -t, --oneline
            Print the ``one line'' help summary, if available.

       -T, --helptext
            Print the help text, if available.

       -v, --verify
            Verify mode in which descriptions and values are retrieved, but
            only error conditions are reported.  This option silently
            disables any output from the options -f/--fetch, -l/--labels,
            -I/--fullindom, -M/--fullpmid, -m/--pmid, -t/--oneline and

       -x, --events
            Like the -f/--fetch option, but with the additional
            functionality that if a value is processed that is of type
            PM_TYPE_EVENT or PM_TYPE_HIGHRES_EVENT, then the event records
            will be unpacked and the details of each event record reported.

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

            Specify an individual container to be queried.

FILES         top

            default local 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), pmdumplog(1), pmprobe(1), pmrep(1),
       pmval(1), PMAPI(3), pmGetOptions(3), pmLookupLabels(3),
       pmLoadDerivedConfig(3), pmSpecLocalPMDA(3), pcp.conf(5), pcp.env(5)
       and PMNS(5).

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the PCP (Performance Co-Pilot) project.
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