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MKAF(1)                  General Commands Manual                 MKAF(1)

NAME         top

       mkaf - create a Performance Co-Pilot archive folio

SYNOPSIS         top

       $PCP_BINADM_DIR/mkaf [-?]  [findopts] filename ...

DESCRIPTION         top

       A collection of one or more Performance Co-Pilot (see
       PCPIntro(1)) archives may be combined with mkaf to produce a PCP
       archive folio and the associated archive folio control file.
       Some PCP tools use mkaf to create archive folios, e.g. the
       ``record'' facility in the pmchart(1) and pmview(1) tools, to
       facilitate playback with pmafm(1).

       mkaf processes each filename argument, and if this is a component
       file from a PCP archive that archive is added to the folio.

       If filename is a directory, then this is searched recursively
       using find(1).  Any filename argument beginning with a ``-'' is
       assumed to be a find(1) command line option (findopts); the
       default is -follow if no findopts are specified.

       The first named archive in the folio is assumed to be associated
       with the default host for any tool that tries to replay multiple
       archives from the folio.

       The folio control file is written to standard output, and has the
       following format.

       1. The first line contains the word PCPFolio.

       2. The second line contains the tag Version: followed by the
          format version number (currently 1).

       3. For subsequent lines, blank lines and lines beginning with
          ``#'' are ignored.

       4. The line beginning with the tag Created: documents where and
          when the folio was created.

       5. The line beginning with the tag Creator: identifies the tool
          which created the folio (and is assumed to know how to replay
          the archive folio).  If present, the second argument is the
          name of a configuration file that the creator tool could use
          to replay the archive folio, e.g. with the replay command for
          pmafm(1).  In the case of mkaf (unlike pmchart(1) or
          pmview(1)) there is no knowledge of the contents of the
          archives, so the ``creator'' cannot replay the archive,
          however pmchart(1) is able to replay any archive, and so this
          tool is identified as the Creator: for archive folios created
          by mkaf(1).

       6. This is then followed by one or more lines beginning with the
          tag Archive: followed by the hostname and base name of the

       For example
            $ mkaf mydir/gonzo
       might produce the following folio control file.

       Version: 1
       # use pmafm(1) to process this PCP archive folio
       Created: on gonzo at Tue Jul  2 03:35:54 EST 1996
       Creator: pmchart
       #               Host                    Basename
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960627
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960628
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960629
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960630
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960701
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960701.00.10
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960701.05.25
       Archive:        gonzo                   mydir/gonzo/960702.00.10

OPTIONS         top

       The available command line options are:

       -?   Display usage message and exit.

            Options to be passed to find(1).  The default is -follow.

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       Some informational messages, warnings and pathological conditions
       are reported on standard error.


       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

SEE ALSO         top

       find(1), PCPIntro(1), pmafm(1), pmchart(1), pmview(1),
       pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

COLOPHON         top

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