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       pmLoadNameSpace - load a local PMNS for an application


       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>

       int pmLoadNameSpace(const char *filename);

       cc ... -lpcp


       If  the  application  wants  to  force using a local Performance Metrics Name Space (PMNS)
       instead of a distributed PMNS  then  it  must  load  the  PMNS  using  pmLoadNameSpace  or
       pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3).   If the application is to use a distributed PMNS, then it should
       NOT make a call to load the PMNS explicitly.

       The filename argument designates the PMNS of interest.  For applications not  requiring  a
       tailored  PMNS,  the  special  value  PM_NS_DEFAULT may be used for filename, to force the
       default local PMNS to be loaded.

       The default local PMNS is found in the file $PCP_VAR_DIR/pmns/root unless the  environment
       variable PMNS_DEFAULT is set, in which case the value is assumed to be the pathname to the
       file containing the default local PMNS.

       Externally a PMNS may be stored in either an ASCII format or a binary format.  The utility
       pmnscomp(1)  is  used  to  create  the  binary  format  from the ASCII format described in

       If the binary format is used, no checking is performed  for  aliasing  in  which  multiple
       names  in the PMNS are associated with a single Performance Metrics Identifier (PMID).  If
       the  ASCII  format  is  to  be  used,  duplicate   PMIDs   are   not   allowed,   although
       pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3)  provides  an alternative interface with user-defined control over
       the processing of duplicate PMIDs in an ASCII format PMNS.

       pmLoadNameSpace attempts to load the PMNS by trying the following combinations in order,

       1. Binary format from the file filename.bin

       2. Binary format from the file filename

       3. ASCII format from the file filename

       pmLoadNameSpace returns zero on success.


       $PCP_VAR_DIR/pmns/root   the  default  local   PMNS,   when   the   environment   variable
                                PMNS_DEFAULT is unset


       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).   Values  for  these  variables  may  be
       obtained programatically using the pmGetConfig(3) function.


       pmnscomp(1),   PMAPI(3),   pmGetConfig(3),   pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3),  pmTrimNameSpace(3),
       pcp.conf(4), pcp.env(4) and pmns(4).


       Syntax and other errors in the parsing of the PMNS are reported on stderr with  a  message
       of the form ``Error Parsing ASCII PMNS: ...''.


              It  is  an  error  to  try  and  load  more  than  one  PMNS,  or  to  call  either
              pmLoadNameSpace and/or pmLoadASCIINameSpace(3) more than once.


              Syntax error in an ASCII format PMNS.