pmie2col man page

pmie2col — convert pmie output to multi-column format


pmie2col [-d delimiter] [-p precision] [-w width]


pmie2col is a simple tool that converts output from pmie(1) into regular column format.  Each column is 7 characters wide (by default, may be changed with the -w option) with a single space between columns. That single space can be substituted with an alternate delimiter using the -d option (this is useful for importing the data into a spreadsheet, for example).

The precision of the tabulated values from pmie can be specified with the -p option (default is 2 decimal places). This option can and will override any width setting in order to present the requested precision.

The pmie(1) configuration must follow these rules:


Each pmie(1) expression is of the form “NAME = expr;”. NAME will be used as the column heading, and must contain no white space, although special characters can be escaped by enclosing NAME in single quotes.


The “expr” must be a valid pmie(1) expression that produces a singular value.

In addition, pmie(1) must be run with the -v command line option.

It is also possible to use the -e command line to pmie(1) and output lines will be prefixed by a timestamp.


Given this pmie(1) configuration file (config):

loadav = kernel.all.load #'1 minute';
'%usr' = kernel.all.cpu.user;
'%sys' = kernel.all.cpu.sys;
'%wio' =;
'%idle' = kernel.all.cpu.idle;
'max-iops' = max_inst(;

Then this command pipeline:

$ pmie -v -t 5 <config | pmie2col -w 8

Produces output like this:

   loadav     %usr     %sys     %wio    %idle max-iops
     0.21        ?        ?        ?        ?        ?
     0.36     0.49     0.03     0.18     0.29    25.40
     0.49     0.41     0.10     0.36     0.13    51.00
     0.69     0.49     0.10     0.05     0.37    43.20
     0.71     0.39     0.08     0.04     0.49    14.00
     0.83     0.63     0.15     0.00     0.21    32.30
     1.09     0.60     0.02     0.10     0.27    47.00
     0.92     0.01     0.00     0.00     0.99     2.40

PCP Environment

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).

See Also

PCPIntro(1) and pmie(1).


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