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PMDISCOVERSETUP(3)      Library Functions Manual      PMDISCOVERSETUP(3)

NAME         top

       pmDiscoverSetup, pmDiscoverSetSlots, pmDiscoverSetEventLoop,
       pmDiscoverSetConfiguration, pmDiscoverSetMetricRegistry,
       pmDiscoverClose - asynchronous archive location and contents
       discovery services

C SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcp/pmwebapi.h>

       int pmDiscoverSetup(pmDiscoverModule *module, pmDiscoverCallBacks
               *callbacks, void *arg);

       int pmDiscoverSetSlots(pmDiscoverModule *module, void *slots);
       int pmDiscoverSetEventLoop(pmDiscoverModule *module, void
       int pmDiscoverSetConfiguration(pmDiscoverModule *module, struct
               dict *config);
       int pmDiscoverSetMetricRegistry(pmDiscoverModule *module, struct
               mmv_registry *registry);

       int pmDiscoverClose(pmDiscoverModule *module);

       cc ... -lpcp_web

DESCRIPTION         top

       The pmDiscoverSetup and related functions are an integral part of
       the libpcp_web API library, as used by and described in
       pmwebapi(3), pmproxy(1), pmseries(1) and elsewhere.  These
       functions provide an asynchronous event driven mechanism to
       automatically discover PCP archives created by pmlogger(1) and
       any other application capable of writing PCP archives.  This
       includes pmrep(1) and other applications using the LOGIMPORT(3)
       API for importing performance data into the PCP infrastructure
       and writing PCP archives.

       The pmDiscover API services dynamically discover, monitor and
       manage directories of PCP archives as they are created, written
       to, compressed and eventually deleted.  The underlying archive
       life-cycle is normally managed by the PCP log management
       infrustructure (see pmlogger_daily(1)).  Discovered archives that
       are active (currently being written) are "log-tailed" to extract
       near live/real-time performance data which is then passed off via
       registered callbacks for further processing.  Archives that are
       compressed or inactive are tracked/monitored but not log-tailed.

       The pmDiscover routines can be configured to automatically
       discover and monitor PCP archives in one or more directories as
       specified in the pmDiscoverModule, which is initially set up by
       calling pmDiscoverSetConfiguration to create a module of type
       pmDiscoverModule, as described above.  The resulting module is
       then passed to pmDiscoverSetup along with an initialized
       structure of callbacks of type pmDiscoverCallBacks.

       Setting up a discovery module and callbacks would normally
       declare an instance of pmDiscoverSettings, e.g.

            #include <pcp/pmwebapi.h>

            static pmDiscoverSettings someapp_discover = {
                .callbacks.on_source        = pmSomeappDiscoverSource,
                .callbacks.on_closed        = pmSomeappDiscoverClosed,
                .callbacks.on_labels        = pmSomeappDiscoverLabels,
                .callbacks.on_metric        = pmSomeappDiscoverMetric,
                .callbacks.on_values        = pmSomeappDiscoverValues,
                .callbacks.on_indom         = pmSomeappDiscoverInDom,
                .callbacks.on_text          = pmSomeappDiscoverText,
                .module.on_info             = someapp_logging_function,

       And then initialize this with API calls similar to the following:

            pmDiscoverSetEventLoop(&someapp_discover.module, myevents);
            pmDiscoverSetConfiguration(&someapp_discover.module, myconfig);
            pmDiscoverSetMetricRegistry(&someapp_discover.module, metric_registry);
            pmDiscoverSetup(&someapp_discover.module, &someapp_discover.callbacks, &privatedata);

       The above code must then implement each of the declared callbacks
       etc. to do whatever is required with the data passed in to the
       callback.  Prototypes for these callbacks can be found in the
       pmwebapi.h header.  The callbacks will be made asynchronously, as
       archives are discovered or deleted and as new data is written to
       active archive log volume and metadata files.

       In the case of pmproxy(1), callbacks are registered to capture
       performance data, which is then sent to redis(1) as the database
       back-end for fast scalable time-series queries by clients of the
       PMWEBAPI(3) REST API services.  Such clients include the
       pmseries(1) application and pmproxy(1), which is the back-end
       REST API server for grafana-pcp, a native grafana-server(1) data-
       source for PCP.

DIAGNOSTICS         top

       Generally zero on success, or on error a negative return code,
       see pmerr(1).

FILES         top

       The default archive directory is $PCP_LOG_DIR, which is normally
       /var/log/pcp/pmlogger.  The API recursively descends all sub-
       directories and also dynamically discovers any new directories or
       archives found therein.

SEE ALSO         top

       grafana-server(1), pmerr(1), pmlogger(1), pmproxy(1),
       pmseries(1), PMWEBAPI(3), mmv_stats_registry(3), PMAPI(3),
       pmErrStr(3), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

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