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       pmprobe - lightweight probe for performance metrics


       pmprobe  [-fFIiLVvz] [-a archive] [-b batchsize] [-h hostname] [-K spec] [-n pmnsfile] [-O
       time] [-Z timezone] [metricname ...]


       pmprobe determines the availability of performance metrics exported through the facilities
       of the Performance Co-Pilot (PCP).

       The  metrics  of  interest are named in the metricname arguments.  If metricname is a non-
       leaf node in the Performance Metrics Name Space (pmns(5)), then pmprobe  will  recursively
       descend  the  PMNS  and report on all leaf nodes.  If no metricname argument is given, the
       root of the namespace is used.

       This recursive expansion of the PMNS can be inhibited by the -F (go faster) option,  which
       reduces  the number of roundtrips to pmcd(1) when the metricname arguments are known to be
       leaf nodes ahead of time.

       The  output  format  is  spartan  and  intended  for  use  in  wrapper  scripts   creating
       configuration  files  for  other  PCP  tools.  By default, there is one line of output per
       metric, with the metric name followed by a count of the number of available values.  Error
       conditions  are  encoded as a negative value count (as per the PMAPI(3) protocols, but may
       be decoded using pmerr(1)) and followed by a textual description of the error.

       Unless directed to another host by the -h option, pmprobe  will  contact  the  Performance
       Metrics Collector Daemon (PMCD) on the local host.

       The  -a  option causes pmprobe to use the specified set of archives rather than connecting
       to a PMCD.  The argument is a comma-separated list of names, each of which may be the base
       name of an archive or the name of a directory containing one or more archives.  The -a and
       -h options are mutually exclusive.

       The -b/--batch option may be used to define the maximum size of the group of metrics to be
       fetched  in a single request for the -v/--values option.  This batching is also applied to
       the pmLookupName(3) request that pmprobe calls with the list  of  leaf  metric  names,  to
       avoid exceeding the maximum PDU length supported by pmcd(1) for client requests.  This can
       be important for pmlogconf(1), which uses pmprobe to enumerate the set of  metrics  to  be
       logged  by pmlogger(1).  The default value for batchsize is 128.  This option is useful to
       avoid limitations on PDU request sizes and also to stagger fetches,  which  may  otherwise
       timeout if pmcd(1) or a PMDA is slow to respond, particularly if a large number of metrics
       are probed.

       The -L option causes pmprobe to use a local context to collect metrics from PMDAs  on  the
       local host without PMCD.  Only some metrics are available in this mode.  The -a, -h and -L
       options are mutually exclusive.

       Normally pmprobe operates on  the  distributed  Performance  Metrics  Name  Space  (PMNS),
       however,  if  the -n option is specified an alternative local PMNS file is loaded from the
       file pmnsfile.

       Other options control the output of additional information when  one  or  more  values  is

       -f   When  used  with -i or -I the set of instances reported will be all of those known at
            the source of the performance data.  By default the set  of  reported  instances  are
            those  for  which  values  are currently available, which may be smaller than the set
            reported with -f.

       -I   Report the external identifiers for each instance.  The literal string PM_IN_NULL  is
            reported for singular metrics.

       -i   Report  the  internal  identifiers  for each instance.  The values are in decimal and
            prefixed by ``?''.  As a special case, the literal string PM_IN_NULL is reported  for
            singular metrics.

       -K   When  using the -L option to fetch metrics from a local context, the -K option may be
            used to control the DSO PMDAs that should be  made  accessible.   The  spec  argument
            conforms  to the syntax described in pmSpecLocalPMDA(3).  More than one -K option may
            be used.

       -O   When used in conjunction with an archive source of metrics and the -v option the time
            argument  defines  a  time  origin  at  which  the metrics should be fetched from the
            archive(s).  Refer to PCPIntro(1) for a complete description of this option, and  the
            syntax for the time argument.

       -v   Report  the  value for each instance, as per the formatting rules of pmPrintValue(3).
            When fetching from a set of archives, only  those  instances  present  in  the  first
            archive record for a metric will be displayed; see also the -O option.

       The -v option is mutually exclusive with either the -I or -i options.

       The  -V  option  provides  a  cryptic  summary of the number of messages sent and received
       across the PMAPI interface.


       $ pmprobe 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

       $ pmprobe -I 2 "dks0d1" "dks0d2" 2 "dks0d1" "dks0d2" 1 PM_IN_NULL

       $ pmprobe -v pmcd.numagents pmcd.version pmcd.control.timeout
       pmcd.numagents 1 9
       pmcd.version 1 "2.0 beta-1"
       pmcd.control.timeout 1 5

       $ pmprobe -v -1012 Unknown metric name 1 4992466


                 default PMNS specification files


       Environment variables with the prefix PCP_ are used to parameterize the file and directory
       names used by PCP.  On each installation, the file /etc/pcp.conf contains the local values
       for these variables.  The $PCP_CONF  variable  may  be  used  to  specify  an  alternative
       configuration file, as described in pcp.conf(5).


       PCPIntro(1),  pmcd(1), pmdumplog(1), pminfo(1), PMAPI(3), pmErrStr(3), pmSpecLocalPMDA(3),
       pcp.conf(5), pcp.env(5) and pmns(5).