pmLookupText(3) — Linux manual page


PMLOOKUPTEXT(3)           Library Functions Manual           PMLOOKUPTEXT(3)

NAME         top

       pmLookupText - return text describing a performance metric

C SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>

       int pmLookupText(pmID pmid, int level, char **buffer);

       cc ... -lpcp

DESCRIPTION         top

       Retrieve descriptive text about the performance metric identified by

       The argument level should be  either PM_TEXT_ONELINE for a one-line
       summary, else PM_TEXT_HELP for a more verbose description, suited to
       a help dialog.

       The space pointed to by buffer will have been allocated in
       pmLookupText with malloc(3), and it is the responsibility of the
       caller to free(3) the space when it is no longer required.

       pmLookupText returns zero on success.

DIAGNOSTICS         top

              For archives created with versions of PCP prior to 4.0, if the
              current PMAPI context is an archive log (help and one-line
              text was previously not maintained in the archive logs)

SEE ALSO         top

       chkhelp(1), newhelp(1), PMAPI(3), pmGetConfig(3), pmLookupDesc(3),
       pmLookupLabels(3), pmLookupInDomText(3), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

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