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PMCONVSCALE(3) | Library Functions Manual | PMCONVSCALE(3) |

# NAME¶

**pmConvScale**- rescale a performance metric value

# C SYNOPSIS¶

**#include <pcp/pmapi.h>**

int pmConvScale(int *type*, const pmAtomValue **ival*,
const pmUnits **iunit*, pmAtomValue **oval*,
const pmUnits **ounit*);

cc ... -lpcp

# DESCRIPTION¶

All performance metric values may be encoded in a*pmAtomValue*union, defined as follows;

typedef union { __int32_t l; /* 32-bit signed */ __uint32_t ul; /* 32-bit unsigned */ __int64_t ll; /* 64-bit signed */ __uint64_t ull; /* 64-bit unsigned */ float f; /* 32-bit floating point */ double d; /* 64-bit floating point */ char *cp; /* char ptr */ pmValueBlock *vbp; /* pmValueBlock ptr */ } pmAtomValue;

The encoding of a performance metric's dimensionality and scale
uses a *pmUnits* structure; see pmLookupDesc(3).

Given a performance metric value pointed to by *ival*
multiply it by a scale factor and return the value in *oval*. The
scaling takes place from the units defined by *iunit* into the units
defined by *ounit*. Both input and output units must have the same
dimensionality.

The performance metric type for both input and output values is
determined by *type*, the value for which is typically extracted from a
*pmDesc* structure, following a call to pmLookupDesc(3) for a
particular performance metric.

**pmConvScale** is most useful when values returned via
pmFetch(3), (and possibly extracted using pmExtractValue(3))
need to be normalized into some canonical scale and units for the purposes
of computation.

As a special case, if all components of the dimension are zero, then this is treated as synonymous with a ``count'' dimension of one, and so the ``count'' scale components determine the relative scaling. This accommodates the case where performance metrics are dimensionless, without special case handling on the part of the caller.

# SEE ALSO¶

PMAPI(3), pmAtomStr(3), pmExtractValue(3), pmFetch(3), pmLookupDesc(3), pmPrintValue(3), pmTypeStr(3) and pmUnitsStr(3).# DIAGNOSTICS¶

**PM_ERR_CONV**

*iunit*and*ounit*have different dimensionality, or have inappropriate*type*

**PM_ERR_UNIT**

- Inappropriate
*iunit*or*ounit*parameter

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