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PMLOGPASTE(1) General Commands Manual PMLOGPASTE(1)


pmlogpaste - paste text into a metric in a PCP archive


pmlogpaste [-?] [-f file] [-h hostname] [-m metric] [-o outfile] [-t timezone] [-l label]


pmlogpaste takes input text from a file or the command line, and writes it as a metric value in a new PCP archive. This metric value is timestamped with the current time, and is stored as a string type metric.

The main purpose of this tool is to take captured output and preserve this in a PCP archive. This allows, for example, the output of a benchmark run to be stored along with performance metrics captured during that run, in a single archive. Archives can be merged using the pmlogextract(1) utility.

pmlogpaste uses the LOGIMPORT(3) library interfaces internally, which support the creation of archives from external sources of performance data.


The available command line options are:

source host name for a LOGIMPORT archive. The default value is the local host name, or ``localhost'' if that cannot be obtained.
source timezone for a LOGIMPORT archive. The default value is the local timezone.
metric name for a LOGIMPORT archive. The default metric name is paste.value.
file with input text to be archived, or ``-'' for standard input.
archive output file. The default archive name is paste.
Add context labels to the generated archive. This option can be presented multiple times to produce multiple labels in the archive. The label should be in the form name:value.
-?, --help
Display usage message and exit.


All are generated on standard error and are intended to be self-explanatory.


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), pmlogextract(1) and LOGIMPORT(3).

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