For Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) applications, contexts of type
PM_CONTEXT_LOCAL are used by clients that wish to fetch metrics
directly from one or more PMDAs on the local host without involving
pmSpecLocalPMDA provides a convenience wrapper to be used by
applications that wish to use a command line argument (usually with
-K) to control the DSO PMDAs that are available for a
The spec argument specifies actions for one or more DSO PMDAs using
up to four fields separated by commas (``,''), namely:
- an opcode with one of the values add (add a new entry), del
(delete an existing entry) or clear (clear all entries from
- the PMDA's domain number
- the path to the PMDA DSO (may be absolute or relative to the
$PCP_VAR_DIR/pmdas directory and the DSO suffix is optional),
- the name of the PMDA's initialization routine.
All fields are required to add a new entry. To delete an entry the
opcode is required plus either or both of the domain number and path
fields. To clear all entries, only the opcode is required.
If spec is parsed successfully, then the DSO table is updated with
the extracted fields.
Some examples of valid spec strings:
clear Delete all entries from the DSO table.
Add the ``foo'' PMDA using domain 123. The PMDA's DSO is most
likely in below the directory $PCP_PMDAS_DIR and named
foo/foo_pmda.so (for ELF-style platforms) or
foo/foo_pmda.dylib (for BSD-style platforms) or
foo\foo_pmda.dll (for Windows-style platforms). The
initialization routine for the ``foo'' PMDA is foo_init().
Delete the entry for the DSO with domain 123.
Delete the entry with a pathname to the DSO that matches
Delete the entry for the DSO with either domain 123 and/or a
pathname to the DSO that matches foo/foo_pmda.
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