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NAME

       pmdaChildren - translate a PMID to a set of dynamic performance metric names

C SYNOPSIS

       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>
       #include <pcp/impl.h>
       #include <pcp/pmda.h>

       int pmdaChildren(char *name, int traverse, char ***offspring, int **status,
               pmdaExt *pmda);

       cc ... -lpcp_pmda -lpcp

DESCRIPTION

       As part of the Performance Metrics Domain Agent (PMDA) API (see PMDA(3)), pmdaChildren  is
       the  generic  callback  for  returning  dynamic  metric  names (and their status) that are
       descendents of name.

       Because implementing dynamic performance metrics requires specific PMDA support,  and  the
       facility is an optional component of a PMDA (most PMDAs do not support dynamic performance
       metrics), pmdaChildren is a skeleton implementation that returns PM_ERR_NAME.

       A PMDA that supports dynamic performance metrics will  provide  a  private  callback  that
       replaces  pmdaChildren  (by  assignment  to  version.four.children  of  the  pmdaInterface
       structure) and takes the initial metric name and returns names  via  offspring[]  and  the
       leaf or non-leaf status of each via status[].

       If  traverse is 0, then the behaviour is akin to pmGetChildren(3) and offspring[] contains
       the relative name component for the immediate descendents of name.

       If traverse is 1, then the behaviour is akin to pmTraversePMNS(3) and offspring[] contains
       the absolute names of all dynamic metrics that are decendents of name.

       The  resulting  list  of  pointers  offspring and the values (the names) that the pointers
       reference will have been allocated by pmdaChildren with a single call to  malloc(3C),  and
       the  caller  of  pmdaChildren will call free(offspring) to release the space when it is no
       longer required.  The same holds true for the status array.

DIAGNOSTICS

       pmdaChildren returns PM_ERR_NAME if the name is not recognized or  cannot  be  translated,
       otherwise the number of descendent metric names found.

CAVEAT

       The PMDA must be using PMDA_PROTOCOL_4 or later, as specified in the call to pmdaDSO(3) or
       pmdaDaemon(3).

SEE ALSO

       PMAPI(3),  PMDA(3),   pmdaDaemon(3),   pmdaDSO(3),   pmdaMain(3),   pmGetChildren(3)   and
       pmTraversePMNS(3).