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PMLOOKUPNAME(3)         Library Functions Manual         PMLOOKUPNAME(3)

NAME         top

       pmLookupName - translate performance metric names into PMIDs

C SYNOPSIS         top

       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>

       int pmLookupName(int numpmid, const char **namelist, pmID *pmidlist);

       cc ... -lpcp

DESCRIPTION         top

       Given a list in namelist containing numpmid full pathnames for
       performance metrics from a Performance Metrics Name Space (PMNS),
       pmLookupName returns the list of associated Performance Metric
       Identifiers (PMIDs) via pmidlist.

       The result from pmLookupName depends on the presence of any
       lookup failures, their severity and the number of metrics being
       looked up.

       1.  If there are no lookup failures, the return value will be

       2.  If a fatal error is encountered, the return value will be
           less than 0.  For example PM_ERR_TOOSMALL, PM_ERR_NOPMNS or

       3.  If numpmid is greater than one and non-fatal error(s) are
           encountered, the return value is the number of metric names
           that have successfully been looked up (greater than or equal
           to zero and less than or equal to numpmid).

       4.  If numpmid is one and a non-fatal error is encountered, the
           return value is the error code (less than zero).

       When errors are encountered, any metrics that cannot be looked up
       result in the corresponding element of pmidlist being set to

       The slightly convoluted error protocol allows bulk lookups, then
       probing for more error details in the case of a specific failure,
       as shown in the EXAMPLES section below.

       Note that the error protocol guarantees there is a 1:1
       relationship between the elements of namelist and pmidlist, hence
       both lists contain exactly numpmid elements.  For this reason,
       the caller is expected to have preallocated a suitably sized
       array for pmidlist.

EXAMPLE         top

       #include <pcp/pmapi.h>

       #define NUMPMID (sizeof(names)/sizeof(const char *))
       const char *names[] = {
       pmID pmids[NUMPMID];

       main(int argc, char **argv)
           int  sts;
           int  numpmid = NUMPMID;

           pmNewContext(PM_CONTEXT_HOST, "local:");

           sts = pmLookupName(numpmid, names, pmids);

           if (sts < 0) {
            fprintf(stderr, "pmLookupName failed: %s0, pmErrStr(sts));
           if (sts != numpmid) {
             * some of the lookups failed ... report the reason(s)
            int  i;

            for (i = 0; i < numpmid; i++) {
                if (pmids[i] != PM_ID_NULL) continue;
                /* this one failed */
                sts = pmLookupName(1, &names[i], &pmids[i]);
                fprintf(stderr, "%s: lookup failed: %s0, names[i], pmErrStr(sts));

           /* all good ... */

DIAGNOSTICS         top

              numpmid must be at least 1

              Failed to access a PMNS for operation.  Note that if the
              application hasn't a priori called pmLoadNameSpace(3) and
              wants to use the distributed PMNS, then a call to
              pmLookupName must be made after the creation of a context
              (see pmNewContext(3)).

              namelist[0] does not correspond to a valid metric name in
              the PMNS.

              namelist[0] refers to a node in the PMNS but it was not a
              leaf node.

              Other diagnostics are for protocol failures when accessing
              the distributed PMNS.

SEE ALSO         top

       PMAPI(3), pmGetChildren(3), pmGetChildrenStatus(3),
       pmGetConfig(3), pmLoadNameSpace(3), pmNameID(3), pmNewContext(3),
       pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

COLOPHON         top

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