pmiGetHandle(3) — Linux manual page


PMIGETHANDLE()                                                PMIGETHANDLE()

NAME         top

       pmiGetHandle - define a handle for a metric-instance pair

C SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>
       #include <pcp/import.h>

       int pmiGetHandle(const char *name, const char *instance);

       cc ... -lpcp_import -lpcp

Perl SYNOPSIS         top

       use PCP::LogImport;

       $handle = pmiGetHandle($name, $instance);

DESCRIPTION         top

       As part of the Performance Co-Pilot Log Import API (see
       LOGIMPORT(3)), pmiGetHandle creates a handle for a given metric and
       instance.  The handle is returned as the value from the pmiGetHandle
       call and can be used in subsequent calls to pmiPutValueHandle(3).

       The metric's name should match one defined earlier in a call to

       For singular metrics (those defined with an instance domain of
       PM_INDOM_NULL), the instance should be NULL or an empty string,
       otherwise instance should match the name of an instance defined
       earlier in a call to pmiAddInstance(3) for the metric's instance

       When combined with pmiPutValueHandle(3), the use of handles provide a
       performance improvement over the alternative lookup for a metric name
       and an instance name for each data value that is required for

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       On failure pmiGetHandle returns a negative value that can be turned
       into an error message by calling pmiErrStr(3).

SEE ALSO         top

       LOGIMPORT(3), pmiAddInstance(3), pmiAddMetric(3), pmiErrStr(3) and

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