pmdasample - sample performance metrics domain agent (PMDA)
$PCP_PMDAS_DIR/pmdasample [-d domain] [-i port] [-l logfile] [-p] [-u socket] [-U user-
pmdasample is a sample Performance Metrics Domain Agent (PMDA) which exports a variety of
synthetic performance metrics.
This PMDA was developed as part of the quality assurance testing for the PCP product, but
has other uses, most notably in the development of new PCP clients.
The metrics exported by the sample PMDA cover the full range of data types, data seman-
tics, value cardinality, instance domain stability and error conditions found in real
A brief description of the pmdasample command line options follows:
-d It is absolutely crucial that the performance metrics domain number specified here is
unique and consistent. That is, domain should be different for every PMDA on the one
host, and the same domain number should be used for the same PMDA on all hosts.
-i Expect PMCD to connect to pmdasample on the specified TCP/IP port. port may be a
port number or port name.
-l Location of the log file. By default, a log file named sample.log is written in the
current directory of pmcd(1) when pmdasample is started, i.e. $PCP_LOG_DIR/pmcd. If
the log file cannot be created or is not writable, output is written to the standard
-p Expect PMCD to create a pipe and the connection to pmdasample is via standard input
and standard output. This is the default connection mode.
-u Expect PMCD to connect to pmdasample on the Unix domain socket named socket.
-U User account under which to run the agent. The default is the unprivileged "pcp"
account in current versions of PCP, but in older versions the superuser account
("root") was used by default.
At most one of the options -i, -p and -u may be specified.
If you want access to the names, help text and values for the sample performance metrics,
do the following as root:
# cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/sample
Note that the installation script also installs the DSO version of the sample PMDA, so
there are in fact two PMDAs installed, and two sets of performance metrics, namely sam-
ple.* and sampledso.*.
If you want to undo the installation (and remove both PMDAs), do the following as root:
# cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/sample
pmdasample is launched by pmcd(1) and should never be executed directly. The Install and
Remove scripts notify pmcd(1) when the agent is installed or removed.
command line options used to launch pmdasample
default help text file for the sample metrics
installation script for the pmdasample agent
undo installation script for the pmdasample agent
default log file for error messages and other information from pmdasample
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).
PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), pmdasimple(1), pmdatrivial(1), pmdatxmon(1), pcp.conf(5) and
Performance Co-Pilot PCP PMDASAMPLE(1)