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ZBXPCP(3)               Library Functions Manual               ZBXPCP(3)

NAME         top

       zbxpcp - Zabbix Agent Loadable PCP Module

DESCRIPTION         top

       The zbxpcp loadable module extends Zabbix agent by making
       Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) metrics available to it.  With the
       zbxpcp module configured in zabbix_agentd.conf all the PCP
       metrics are available from the Zabbix agent like any other agent
       items.  As a loadable module (DSO) zbxpcp does not rely on any
       external programs but directly uses the PCP APIs to fetch PCP
       metrics when requested.

       A typical Linux PCP installation offers over 1,000 metrics by
       default and is in turn extensible with its own plugins, or PMDAs
       (``Performance Metrics Domain Agents'').  In addition to very
       complete /proc based statistics, readily available PCP PMDAs
       provide support for such system and application level components
       as 389 Directory Server, Apache, containers, HAProxy, GFS2,
       Gluster, libvirt, MySQL, NFS, Oracle, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samba,
       and Sendmail, among others.  PCP also runs on many platforms,
       including Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, NetBSD, Solaris, and Windows.

       For PCP introduction, see PCPIntro(1).  To investigate the
       available PCP metrics, use for example pminfo(1).  The PCP Quick
       Reference Guide is available at the PCP home page

       For general information about Zabbix data collection and loadable
       modules, see
       For Zabbix introduction and downloads, see

       zbxpcp is compatible with the Zabbix module API version 1.


       First make sure PCP is installed and configured properly, see the
       above references for instructions and use for example pminfo(1)
       to make sure the PCP metrics can be fetched.  To enable the
       zbxpcp loadable module in a Zabbix agent, the following lines
       must be added to the Zabbix agent configuration file
       zabbix_agentd.conf (make sure to use the correct LoadModulePath):


       After restarting the Zabbix agent all the PCP metrics will be
       available with the ``pcp.''  prefix like all the other agent
       items.  This can be verified with the commands:

           $ pminfo -t
           $ zabbix_agentd -p
           $ pminfo -f kernel.all.sysfork
           $ zabbix_get -s -p 10050 -k pcp.kernel.all.sysfork

       Then to collect PCP metrics from Zabbix agents, the Zabbix server
       side configuration is as usual (see Zabbix documentation if

       The PCP pmcd service must always be running when starting up a
       zbxpcp enabled Zabbix agent, otherwise the module will fail to
       load and the PCP metrics will not become available.  Special care
       must be taken to make sure this happens also when rebooting the

FILES         top

              Typical Zabbix agent configuration file location.

              Optional PCP derived metrics configuration file for
              zbxpcp.  See pmLoadDerivedConfig(3) for more info on
              derived metrics.

              Zabbix agent loadable PCP module.

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pminfo(1), pmrep(1), zabbix_get(1),
       pmLoadDerivedConfig(3) and zabbix_agentd(8).

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