pmlogpaste(1) — Linux manual page


PMLOGPASTE(1)            General Commands Manual           PMLOGPASTE(1)

NAME         top

       pmlogpaste - paste text into a metric in a PCP archive

SYNOPSIS         top

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       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.

OPTIONS         top

       The available command line options are:

       -f file, --file=file
            File with input text to be archived, or ``-'' for standard

       -h hostname, --hostname=hostname
            Source host name for the archive.  The default value is the
            local host name, or ``localhost'' if that cannot be

       -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

       -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.


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

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