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PMNAMEID(3)             Library Functions Manual             PMNAMEID(3)

NAME         top

       pmNameID - translate a PMID to a performance metric name

C SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>

       int pmNameID(pmID pmid, char **name);

       cc ... -lpcp

DESCRIPTION         top

       Given a Performance Metric Identifier (PMID) via pmid, pmNameID
       will determine the corresponding metric name, if any, in the
       Performance Metrics Name Space (PMNS), and return this via name.

       If the PMNS contains multiple names associated with the requested
       PMID, one of these will be returned via name, but there is no way
       to determine which of the duplicate names this will be.  See
       pmNameAll(3) if all of the corresponding names are required.

       As of Version 3.10.3 of PCP, duplicate names for the same PMID
       are allowed in the PMNS, so using pmNameAll(3) is recommended
       over pmNameID.

       name is a null-byte terminated string, allocated by pmNameID
       using malloc(3) and it is the caller's responsibility to call
       free(3) to release the storage when the value is no longer

       In the absence of errors, pmNameID returns zero.

DIAGNOSTICS         top

              Failed to access a PMNS for operation.  Note that if the
              application hasn't a priori called pmLoadNameSpace(3) and
              wants to use the distributed PMNS, then a call to pmNameID
              must be made after the creation of a context (see

              pmid does not correspond to a defined PMID in the PMNS.

              Other diagnostics are for protocol failures when accessing
              the distributed PMNS.

SEE ALSO         top

       PMAPI(3), pmGetChildren(3), pmGetChildrenStatus(3),
       pmGetConfig(3), pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3), pmLoadNameSpace(3),
       pmLookupName(3), pmNameAll(3), pmNewContext(3), pcp.conf(5),
       pcp.env(5) and PMNS(5).

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