pmwtf compares the average values for every metric in either one or two archives, in a given time window, for
changes that are likely to be of interest when searching for performance regressions.
The archive log has the base name archive and must have been previously created using pmlogger(1). The pmlog-
summary(1) utility is used to obtain the average values used for comparison.
There are two sorts of invocation of the tool: with either one or two archives.
In the first case, the only sensible command line requires use of all four time window arguments. These are
specified using the same time window format described in PCPIntro(1), and are -S and -T for the start and end
times of the first time window of interest in the archive, and -B and -E for the start and end times of the
second time window of interest.
In the second case, with two archives, the -B and -E options might be unnecessary. This might be the case,
for example, when comparing the same time window of two consecutive days (usually two separate archives), or a
time window on the same day of different weeks.
In either case, pmwtf produces a sorted summary of those metrics in the specified window whose values have
deviated the most from a minimal threshold. The level of deviation is calculated by dividing the average
value of each metric in both logs, and then calculating whether the ratio falls outside of a range considered
normal. This ratio can be adjusted using the -q option, and by default it is 2 (i.e. report all metrics with
average values that have more than doubled in the two time windows or more than halved in the two time win-
Should any metrics be present in one window but missing from the other, a diagnostic will be displayed listing
each missing metric and the archive from which it was missing.
The remaining options control the specific information to be reported. Metrics with counter semantics are
converted to rates before being evaluated.
-p Print all floating point numbers with precision digits after the decimal place.
-x Compare each metric in each archive in the time windows specified to a given egrep(1) pattern, excluding
those that match from the report output.
-X Allows a file to be specified which containing egrep(1) patterns which are applied to the metric names to
optionally exclude some from the report.
-z Use the local timezone from the given archives.
-Z Changes the timezone in the archive labels to timezone in the format of the environment variable TZ as
described in environ(5).
Default directory for PCP archives containing performance metric values collected from the host
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 configuration file, as described in pcp.conf(5).