pmGetContextHostName man page

pmGetContextHostName, pmGetContextHostName_r — return the hostname associated with a Performance Co-Pilot context

C Synopsis

#include <pcp/pmapi.h>

const char *pmGetContextHostName(int id);
char *pmGetContextHostName_r(int id, char *buf, int buflen);

cc ... -lpcp


Given a valid PCP context identifier previously created with pmNewContext(3) or pmDupContext(3), the pmGetContextHostName function returns the hostname associated with id. The pmGetContextHostName_r function does the same, but stores the result in a user-supplied buffer buf of length buflen, which should have room for at least MAXHOSTNAMELEN bytes.

If the context id is associated with an archive source of data, the hostname returned is extracted from the archive label using pmGetArchiveLabel(3).

For live contexts, an attempt will first be made to retrieve the hostname from the PCP collector system using pmFetch(3) with the pmcd.hostname metric. This allows client tools using this interface to retrieve an accurate host identifier even in the presence of port forwarding and tunnelled connections.

Should this not succeed, then a fallback method is used. For local contexts - with local meaning any of DSO, “localhost” or Unix domain socket connection - a hostname will be sought via gethostname(3). For other contexts, the hostname extracted from the initial context host specification will be used.

Return Value

If id is not a valid PCP context identifier, the returned hostname is a zero length string.


pmGetContextHostName returns a pointer to a static buffer, so the returned value is only valid until the next call to pmGetContextHostName and hence is not thread-safe. Multi-threaded applications should use pmGetContextHostName_r instead.

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

See Also

PCPIntro(1), PMAPI(3), gethostname(3), pmDupContext(3), pmFetch(3), pmGetArchiveLabel(3), pmNewContext(3), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

Referenced By

Explore man page connections for pmGetContextHostName(3).

pmgetcontexthostname(3) is an alias of pmGetContextHostName(3).

PCP Performance Co-Pilot