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NAME         top

       pmdabpf - eBPF PMDA

DESCRIPTION         top

       pmdabpf is a Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) Performance Metrics
       Domain Agent (PMDA) which extracts live performance data from
       eBPF programs utilizing BPF CO-RE (libbpf and BTF).

       pmdabpf loads and acts as a bridge for any number of configured,
       separate bpf PMDA modules. Existing libbpf tools should be
       possible to be utilized with the bpf PMDA modules with reasonable

       See the eBPF, libbpf and BPF CO-RE documentation for detailed


       pmdabpf reads a mandatory ini-style configuration file:


       Each section of the file corresponds to one bpf PMDA module.  The
       following global options are available for every module (their
       default values are shown in parenthesis):

       enabled (unset)
              A boolean value to specify whether this bpf PMDA module
              should be started or not.

       Modules may also support additional module-specific configuration
       options, refer to the default configuration file for their
       supported options.

INSTALLATION         top

       To install, the following must be done as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bpf
           # ./Install

       To uninstall, the following must be done as root:

           # cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/bpf
           # ./Remove

       pmdabpf is launched by pmcd(1) and should never be executed
       directly.  The Install and Remove scripts notify pmcd(1) when the
       agent is installed or removed.

       Some modules will start providing values only after having
       collected data from related system activity.

FILES         top

            configuration file for the pmdabpf agent

            bpf PMDA modules available for the pmdabpf agent

            installation script for the pmdabpf agent

            undo installation script for the pmdabpf agent

            default log file for messages from the pmdabpf agent

       Note that the usual/default value for $PCP_PMDAS_DIR is
       /var/lib/pcp/pmdas and the default for $PCP_LOG_DIR is
       /var/log/pcp but these settings are platform dependent.


       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

       PCPIntro(1), bpf(1) and pmcd(1).

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