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PMISTART(3)               Library Functions Manual               PMISTART(3)

NAME         top

       pmiStart - establish a new LOGIMPORT context

C SYNOPSIS         top

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

       int pmiStart(const char *archive, int inherit);

       cc ... -lpcp_import -lpcp

Perl SYNOPSIS         top

       use PCP::LogImport;

       pmiStart($archive, $inherit);

DESCRIPTION         top

       As part of the Performance Co-Pilot Log Import API (see
       LOGIMPORT(3)), pmiStart creates a new context.  Each context
       maintains the following state and metadata:

       ·  The base name (archive) for the physical  files that constitute
          the output PCP archive.

       ·  The source hostname for the data that will be written to the PCP
          archive.  Defaults to the hostname of the localhost, but can be
          set using pmiSetHostname(3).

       ·  The source timezone for the PCP archive.  Defaults to the timezone
          of the localhost, but can be set using pmiSetTimezone(3).

       ·  Metrics and instance domains, as defined by pmiAddMetric(3).

       ·  Instances for each instance domain, as defined by

       ·  Handles as defined by pmiGetHandle(3).  Each handle is a metric-
          instance pair, and each metric-instance pair may have an
          associated value in each record written to the output PCP archive.

       ·  An optional set of data values for one or more metric-instance
          pairs (ready for the next record to be written to the output PCP
          archive) as defined by calls to pmPutValue(3) or

       If inherit is true, then the new context will inherit any and all
       metadata (metrics, instance domains, instances and handles) from the
       current context, otherwise the new context is created with no
       metadata.  The basename for the output PCP archive, the source
       hostname, the source timezone and any data values from the current
       context are not inherited.  If this is the first call to pmiStart the
       metadata will be empty independent of the value of inherit.

       Since no physical files for the output PCP archive will be created
       until the first call to pmiWrite(3) or pmiPutRecord(3), archive could
       be NULL to create a convenience context that is populated with
       metadata to be inherited by subsequent contexts.

       The return value is a context identifier that could be used in a
       subsequent call to pmUseContext(3) and the new context becomes the
       current context which persists for all subsequent calls up to either
       another pmiStart call or a call to pmiUseContext(3) or a call to

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       It is an error if the physical files archive.0 and/or archive.index
       and/or archive.meta already exist, but this is not discovered until
       the first attempt is made to output some data by calling pmiWrite(3)
       or pmiPutRecord(3), so pmiStart always returns a positive context

SEE ALSO         top

       LOGIMPORT(3), pmiAddInstance(3), pmiAddMetric(3), pmiEnd(3),
       pmiErrStr(3), pmiGetHandle(3), pmiPutResult(3), pmiPutValue(3),
       pmiPutValueHandle(3), pmiPutText(3), pmiPutLabel(3),
       pmiSetHostname(3), pmiSetTimezone(3), pmiUseContext(3) and

COLOPHON         top

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