pcp.conf(5) — Linux manual page

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | ENVIRONMENT | SEE ALSO | COLOPHON

PCP.CONF(5)                File Formats Manual               PCP.CONF(5)

NAME         top

       pcp.conf - the Performance Co-Pilot configuration and environment
       file

SYNOPSIS         top

       /etc/pcp.conf

DESCRIPTION         top

       When using Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) tools and utilities and
       when calling PCP library functions, a standard set of environment
       variables are defined in /etc/pcp.conf.  These variables are
       generally used to specify the location of various PCP pieces in
       the file system and may be loaded into shell scripts by sourcing
       the /etc/pcp.env(5) shell script and queried by C/C++ programs
       using the pmGetConfig(3) library function.  If a variable is
       already defined in the environment, the values in pcp.conf do not
       override those values, i.e. the values in pcp.conf serve as
       installation defaults only.

       Both the pcp.env and pcp.conf files are expected to be found in
       /etc by default.  If required, the pcp.conf file may be relocated
       and PCP_CONF set in the environment to specify the full path to
       the new location.  The pcp.env file can not be relocated (this is
       the only hard coded path required by PCP).

       The syntax rules for pcp.conf are as follows :

       1.  the general syntax is
                  PCP_VARIABLE_NAME=variable value to end of line

       2.  lines that begin with # and all blank lines are ignored.

       3.  all variables must be prefixed with PCP_.  This is a security
           issue - variables that do not have this prefix will be
           silently ignored.

       4.  there should be no space between the variable name and the
           literal = and no space between the = and the variable value
           (unless the value actually starts with a space).  This is
           required because the pcp.conf file may be sourced directly by
           Makefiles as well as interpreted by the pcp.env script and
           the pmGetConfig function.

       5.  variable values may contain spaces and should not be quoted.
           The pcp.env script automatically quotes all variable values
           from the character immediately following the = through to the
           end of the line.

       For further details and an explanation of the use of each
       variable, see the comments in the /etc/pcp.conf file itself.

ENVIRONMENT         top

       The PCP_CONF environment variable specifies an alternative path
       to the pcp.conf file.

SEE ALSO         top

       PCPIntro(1), pmconfig(1), PCPIntro(3), PMAPI(3), pmGetConfig(3)
       and pcp.env(5).

COLOPHON         top

       This page is part of the PCP (Performance Co-Pilot) project.
       Information about the project can be found at 
       ⟨http://www.pcp.io/⟩.  If you have a bug report for this manual
       page, send it to pcp@groups.io.  This page was obtained from the
       project's upstream Git repository
       ⟨https://github.com/performancecopilot/pcp.git⟩ on 2021-08-27.
       (At that time, the date of the most recent commit that was found
       in the repository was 2021-08-27.)  If you discover any rendering
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       (which is not part of the original manual page), send a mail to
       man-pages@man7.org

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