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pmlogpaste - Man Page

paste text into a metric in a PCP archive


pmlogpaste [-?] [-f file] [-h hostname] [-l label] [-m metric] [-o outfile] [-t timezone]


pmlogpaste takes input text from a file or the command line, and writes it as a metric value in a new PCP archive. This metric value is timestamped with the current time, and is stored as a string type metric.

The main purpose of this tool is to take captured output and preserve this in a PCP archive. This allows, for example, the output of a benchmark run to be stored along with performance metrics captured during that run, in a single archive. Archives can be merged using the pmlogextract(1) utility.

pmlogpaste uses the LOGIMPORT(3) library interfaces internally, which support the creation of archives from external sources of performance data.


The available command line options are:

-f file, --file=file

File with input text to be archived, or “-” for standard input.

-h hostname, --hostname=hostname

Source host name for the archive. The default value is the local host name, or “localhost” if that cannot be obtained.

-l label, --label=label

Add context labels to the generated archive. This option can be presented multiple times to produce multiple labels in the archive. The label should be in the form name:value.

-m metric, --metric=metric

Metric name for the archive. The default metric name is paste.value.

-o outfile, --outfile=outfile

Archive output file. The default archive name is paste.

-t timezone, --timezone=timezone

Source timezone for the archive archive. The default value is the local timezone.

-?,  --help

Display usage message and exit.

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), pmcd(1), pmlogextract(1) and LOGIMPORT(3).


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