Provided by: pcp_3.5.6ubuntu1_i386
pmcpp - simple preprocessor for the Performance Co-Pilot
pmcpp [-D name[=value] ...] [infile]
pmcpp provides a very simple pre-processor for manipulating Performance
Metric Name Space (PMNS) files for the Performance Co-Pilot (PCP). It
is most commonly used internally to process the PMNS file(s) after
pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3) is called.
Input lines are read from infile (or standard input if infile is not
specified), processed and written to standard output.
All C-style comments of the form /* ... */ are stripped from the input
There are no predefined macros for pmcpp although macros may be defined
on the command line using the -D option, where name and value must
follow the same rules as described below for the #define directive.
pmcpp accepts the following directives in the input stream (like
* #include "filename"
In either case the directory search path for filename tries filename
first, then the directory for the command line infile (if any),
followed by the $PCP_VAR_DIR/pmns directory. #include directives
may be nested, up to a maximum depth of 5.
* #define name value
Defines a value for the macro name which must be a valid C-style
name, so leading alphabetic or ``_'' followed by zero or more
alphanumerics or ``_''. value is optional (and defaults to an empty
value) but when present it may not contain white space and quoting
or escaping is not supported.
* #undef name
Removes the macro definition, if any, for name.
* #ifdef name
The enclosing lines will be stripped or included, depending if the
macro name is defined or not.
Macro substitution is achieved by breaking the input stream into words
separated by white space or one of the characters ``.'' or ``:'' - this
matches the syntax of the PMNS, see pmns(4). Each word is checked and
if it matches a macro name, the word is replaced by the macro value,
otherwise the word is unchanged.
There is generally one output line for each input line, although the
line may be empty if the text has been stripped due to the handling of
comments or conditional directives. When there is a change in the
input stream, an additional output line is generated of the form:
# line "name"
to indicate the following line of output corresponds to line number
line of the input file name.
Important cpp(1) features that are not supported by pmcpp include:
* #if expr
* Nested use of #ifdef or #ifndef.
* #else within an #ifdef or #ifndef.
* Stripping C++ style comments, as in // comment
* Error recovery - the first error encountered by pmcpp will be fatal.
* cpp(1) command line options like -U , -P and -I.
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(4).
cpp(1), pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3), pmns(4), pcp.conf(4) and pcp.env(4).