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PMDADBPING(1) General Commands Manual PMDADBPING(1)


pmdadbping - database response time and availability PMDA


pmdadbping is a database response time measurement PMDA.

pmdadbping runs dbprobe(1), and exports the performance measurements it makes available as PCP metrics.

dbprobe(1) should be configured to use the type of DBI appropriate for the local database, which includes: RDBMS flavour, user/password, delay between "ping" requests, and the SQL statement to use.


Configure dbprobe(1) - it uses a configuration file from (in this order):

  • /etc/pcpdbi.conf
  • $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/dbping/dbprobe.conf

This file can contain overridden values (Perl code) for the settings listed at the start of, namely:

  • database name (see DBI(3) for details)
  • database user name
  • database pass word
  • SQL statement to measure (probe)
  • delay between probes

Once this is setup, you can access the names and values for the dbping performance metrics by doing the following as root:

# cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/dbping
# ./Install

To uninstall, the following must be done as root:

# cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/dbping
# ./Remove

pmdadbping 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.


probe configuration file for dbprobe(1), used indirectly by pmdadbping
installation script for the pmdadbping agent
undo installation script for the pmdadbping agent
default log file for error messages from pmdadbping


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).


PCPIntro(1), pmcd(1), dbprobe(1) and DBI(3).

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