pmlogpaste(1) — Linux manual page


PMLOGPASTE(1)              General Commands Manual             PMLOGPASTE(1)

NAME         top

       pmlogpaste - paste text into a metric in a PCP archive

SYNOPSIS         top

       pmlogpaste [-?]  [-f file] [-h hostname] [-m metric] [-o outfile] [-t
       timezone] [-l label]

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmlogpaste takes input text from a file or the command line, and
       writes it as a metric value in a new PCP archive.  This metric value
       is timestamped with the current time, and is stored as a string type

       The main purpose of this tool is to take captured output and preserve
       this in a PCP archive.  This allows, for example, the output of a
       benchmark run to be stored along with performance metrics captured
       during that run, in a single archive.  Archives can be merged using
       the pmlogextract(1) utility.

       pmlogpaste uses the LOGIMPORT(3) library interfaces internally, which
       support the creation of archives from external sources of performance

OPTIONS         top

       The available command line options are:

       -h hostname, --hostname=hostname
              source host name for a LOGIMPORT archive.  The default value
              is the local host name, or ``localhost'' if that cannot be

       -t timezone, --timezone=timezone
              source timezone for a LOGIMPORT archive.  The default value is
              the local timezone.

       -m metric, --metric=metric
              metric name for a LOGIMPORT archive.  The default metric name
              is paste.value.

       -f file, --file=file
              file with input text to be archived, or ``-'' for standard

       -o outfile, --outfile=outfile
              archive output file.  The default archive name is paste.

       -l label, --label=label
              Add context labels to the generated archive.  This option can
              be presented multiple times to produce multiple labels in the
              archive.  The label should be in the form name:value.

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

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       All are generated on standard error and are intended to be self-


       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

       PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pmlogextract(1) and LOGIMPORT(3).

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