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NEWHELP(1)									       NEWHELP(1)

       newhelp - generate a performance metrics help database

       $PCP_BINADM_DIR/newhelp [-V] [-n pmnsfile] [-o outputfile] [-v version] [file ...]

       newhelp	generates  the	Performance  Co-Pilot  help text files used by Performance Metric
       Domain Agents (PMDAs).

       Normally newhelp operates on the default Performance Metrics Namespace (PMNS), however  if
       the -n option is specified an alternative namespace is loaded from the file pmnsfile.

       When  there  is only one input file, the base name of the new database is derived from the
       name of the input file, otherwise the -o flag must be given to explicitly name  the  data-
       base.   If  no  input files are supplied, newhelp reads from the standard input stream, in
       which case the -o flag must be given.

       If the output file name is determined to be foo, newhelp will create foo.dir and foo.pag.

       Although historically there have been multiple help text file  formats,	the  only  format
       currently  supported  using  the  -v option is version 2, and this is the default if no -v
       flag is provided.

       The -V flag causes verbose messages to be printed while newhelp is parsing its input.

       The first line of each entry in a help source file consists of an ``@''	character  begin-
       ning  the  line	followed  by  a space and then the performance metric name and a one line
       description of the metric.  Following lines (up to the next line beginning with	``@''  or
       end of file) may contain a verbose help description.  E.g.

	    # This is an example of newhelp's input syntax
	    @ kernel.all.cpu.idle CPU idle time
	    A cumulative count of the number of milliseconds
	    of CPU idle time, summed over all processors.

       Three-part  numeric  metric identifiers (PMIDs) may be used in place of metric names, e.g.
       60.0.23 rather than kernel.all.cpu.idle in the example above.  Other than for dynamic met-
       rics  (where the existence of a metric is known to a PMDA, but not visible in the PMNS and
       hence has no name that could be known to newhelp) use of this  syntactic  variant  is  not

       Lines  beginning  with  ``#'' are ignored, as are blank lines in the file before the first
       ``@''.  The verbose help text is optional.

       As a special case, a ``metric'' name of the form NNN.MM (for numeric NNN and MM) is inter-
       preted as an instance domain identification, and the text describes the instance domain.

		 default PMNS specification files

       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 config-
       uration file, as described in pcp.conf(5).

       chkhelp(1), PMAPI(3), pmLookupInDomText(3), pmLookupText(3), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).

Performance Co-Pilot			       PCP				       NEWHELP(1)
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