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__pmParseTime - Man Page

parse time point specification

C Synopsis

#include "pmapi.h"
#include "libpcp.h"

int __pmParseTime(const char *string, struct timeval *logStart, struct timeval *logEnd, struct timeval *rslt, char **errMsg);
int __pmParseHighResTime(const char *string, struct timespec *logStart, struct timespec *logEnd, struct timespec *rslt, char **errMsg);

cc ... -lpcp


This documentation is intended for internal Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) developer use.

These interfaces are not part of the PCP APIs that are guaranteed to remain fixed across releases, and they may not work, or may provide different semantics at some point in the future.


__pmParseTime and __pmParseHighResTime are designed to encapsulate the interpretation of a time point specification in command line switches for use by the PCP client tools.

These functions expects to be called with the time point specification as string. If the tool is running against PCP archive(s), you also need to supply the start time of the first (only) archive as logStart, and the end of the last (only) archive as logEnd. See pmGetArchiveLabel(3) and pmGetArchiveEnd(3) for how to obtain values for these parameters. If the tool is running against a live feed of performance data, logStart should be the current time (but could be aligned on the next second for example), while logEnd should have its tv_sec component set to PM_MAX_TIME_T.

The rslt structure must be allocated before either calling __pmParseTime or __pmParseHighResTime.

You also need to set the current PCP reporting time zone to correctly reflect the -z and -Z command line parameters before calling __pmParseTime or __pmParseHighResTime. See pmUseZone(3) and friends for information on how this is done.

If the conversion is successful, both __pmParseTime and __pmParseHighResTime return 0, and fill in rslt with the time value defined by the input parameters. If the argument strings could not be parsed, it returns -1 and a dynamically allocated error message string in errMsg. Be sure to free(3) this error message string.

See Also

PMAPI(3), pmGetArchiveEnd(3), pmGetArchiveLabel(3), pmNewContextZone(3), pmNewZone(3), pmParseInterval(3), pmParseTimeWindow(3), pmUseZone(3), __pmConvertTime(3) and __pmParseCtime(3).

Referenced By

__pmConvertTime(3), __pmParseCtime(3).

The man page __pmParseHighResTime(3) is an alias of __pmParseTime(3).

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