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PMIE2COL(1) General Commands Manual PMIE2COL(1)


pmie2col - convert pmie output to multi-column format


pmie2col [-?] [-d delimiter] [-p precision] [-w width]


pmie2col is a simple tool that converts output from pmie(1) into regular column format. Each column is 7 characters wide (by default, may be changed with the -w option) with a single space between columns. That single space can be substituted with an alternate delimiter using the -d option (this is useful for importing the data into a spreadsheet, for example).

The precision of the tabulated values from pmie can be specified with the -p option (default is 2 decimal places). This option can and will override any width setting in order to present the requested precision.

The pmie(1) configuration must follow these rules:

Each pmie(1) expression is of the form ``NAME = expr;''. NAME will be used as the column heading, and must contain no white space, although special characters can be escaped by enclosing NAME in single quotes.
The ``expr'' must be a valid pmie(1) expression that produces a singular value.

In addition, pmie(1) must be run with the -v command line option.

It is also possible to use the -e command line to pmie(1) and output lines will be prefixed by a timestamp.


The available command line options are:

Use char as output delimiter.
Use n as output floating point precision.
Use n as output column width.
-?, --help
Display usage message and exit.


Given this pmie(1) configuration file (config):

loadav = kernel.all.load #'1 minute';
'%usr' = kernel.all.cpu.user;
'%sys' = kernel.all.cpu.sys;
'%wio' =;
'%idle' = kernel.all.cpu.idle;
'max-iops' = max_inst(;

Then this command pipeline:

$ pmie -v -t 5 <config | pmie2col -w 8

Produces output like this:

loadav %usr %sys %wio %idle max-iops
0.21 ? ? ? ? ?
0.36 0.49 0.03 0.18 0.29 25.40
0.49 0.41 0.10 0.36 0.13 51.00
0.69 0.49 0.10 0.05 0.37 43.20
0.71 0.39 0.08 0.04 0.49 14.00
0.83 0.63 0.15 0.00 0.21 32.30
1.09 0.60 0.02 0.10 0.27 47.00
0.92 0.01 0.00 0.00 0.99 2.40


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) and pmie(1).

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