pmlogcheck - checks for invalid data in a PCP archive
pmlogcheck [-lz] [-n pmnsfile] [-S start] [-T finish] [-Z timezone] archive
pmlogcheck prints information about the nature of any invalid data which it detects in a
PCP archive. Of particular interest are wrapped values for metrics which are expected to
have monotonically increasing values. The archive has the base name archive and must have
been previously created using pmlogger(1).
Normally pmlogcheck operates on the default Performance Metrics Namespace (pmns(5)), how-
ever if the -n option is specified an alternative namespace is loaded from the file pmns-
The command line options -S and -T can be used to specify a time window over which metrics
should be summarized. These options are common to many Performance Co-Pilot tools and are
fully described in PCPIntro(1).
The -l option prints the archive label, showing the log format version, the time and date
for the start and (current) end of the archive, and the host from which the performance
metrics values were collected.
By default, pmlogcheck reports the time of day according to the local timezone on the sys-
tem where pmlogcheck is run. The -Z option changes the timezone to timezone in the format
of the environment variable TZ as described in environ(5). The -z option changes the
timezone to the local timezone at the host that is the source of the performance metrics,
as specified in the label record of the archive log.
For each metric having ``counter'' semantics (i.e. the metric is expected to increase
monotonically) which has been detected as having wrapped at some point in the archive,
pmlogcheck produces output describing the metric name (with instance identifiers where
appropriate), the internal storage type for the metric, the value of the metric before the
counter wrap (with its associated timestamp), and the value of the metric after the wrap
(also with a timestamp).
pmlogcheck produces two different timestamp formats, depending on the interval over which
it is run. For an interval greater than 24 hours, the date is displayed in addition to
the time at which the counter wrap occurred. If the extent of the data being checked is
less than 24 hours, a more precise format is used (time is displayed with millisecond pre-
cision, but without the date).
default PMNS specification files
default directory for PCP archives containing performance data collected from
the host hostname.
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), pmdumplog(1), pmlogextract(1), pmlogger(1), pmlogmerge(1), pmlogsummary(1),
pmval(1), pcp.conf(5), pcp.env(5) and pmns(5).
All are generated on standard error and are intended to be self- explanatory.
Performance Co-Pilot PCP PMLOGCHECK(1)