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PMAFM

PMAFM

Section: C Library Functions (3) Updated: SGI
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NAME

pmafm, pmRecordSetup, pmRecordAddHost, pmRecordControl - record mode support for PMAPI clients  

C SYNOPSIS

#include <pcp/pmafm.h>

FILE *pmRecordSetup(const char *folio, const char *creator, int replay)
int pmRecordAddHost(const char *host, int isdefault, pmRecordHost **rhp)
int pmRecordControl(pmRecordHost *rhp, int request, const char *options)

cc ... -lpcp_gui  

DESCRIPTION

These routines may be used to create a Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) archive ``on the fly'' to support ``record mode'' services for PMAPI client applications.

Each record mode ``session'' involves one or more PCP archive logs each created using a dedicated pmlogger(1) process, with an overall Archive Folio format as understood by pmafm(1), to name and collect all of the archive logs associated with a single recording session.

The pmRecordHost structure is used to maintain state information between the creator of the recording session and the associated pmlogger process(es). The structure is defined as:

typedef struct {
    FILE   *f_config;    /* caller writes pmlogger configuration here */
    int    fd_ipc;       /* IPC channel to pmlogger */
    char   *logfile;     /* full pathname for pmlogger error logfile */
    pid_t  pid;          /* process id for pmlogger */
    int    status;       /* exit status, -1 if unknown */
} pmRecordHost;

The routines are used in combination to create a recording session as follows.

1.
Call pmRecordSetup to establish a new recording session. A new Archive Folio will be created using the name folio; if the file or directory folio already exists, or the file folio cannot be created, this is an error. The application that is creating the session is identified by creator (most often this would be the same as the global PMAPI application name, pmProgname). If the application knows how to create its own configuration file to replay the recorded session, then replay should be non-zero.

pmRecordSetup returns a stdio stream onto which the application should write the text of the required replay configuration file, if any.

2.
For each host that is to be included in the recording session, call pmRecordAddHost. A new pmRecordHost structure is returned via rhp. It is assumed that pmcd(1) is running on host as this is how pmlogger(1) will retrieve the required performance metrics.

If this host is the default host for this recording session, then isdefault should be non-zero. This will ensure that the corresponding archive appears first in the PCP archive folio, and hence the tools used to replay the archive folio will make the correct determination of the archive associated with the default host. At most one host per recording session may be nominated as the default host.

The calling application should write the desired pmlogger configuration onto the stdio stream returned via the f_config field in the pmRecordHost structure.

3.
Optionally add arguments to the command line that will be used to launch pmlogger(1) by calling pmRecordControl with a request of PM_REC_SETARG. The argument is passed via options and one call to pmRecordControl is required for each distinct argument.

An argument may be added for a particular pmlogger instance identified by rhp, or if the rhp argument is NULL the argument is added for all pmlogger instances that will be launched in the current recording session.

Independent of any calls to pmRecordControl with a request of PM_REC_SETARG, each pmlogger instance will automatically be launched with the following arguments: -c, -h, -l, -x and the basename for the PCP archive log.

4.
To commence the recording session, call pmRecordControl with a request of PM_REC_ON, and rhp must be NULL. This will launch one pmlogger(1) process for each host in the recording session, and initialize the fd_ipc, logfile, pid and status fields in the associated pmRecordHost structure(s).
5.
To terminate a pmlogger instance identified by rhp, call pmRecordControl with a request of PM_REC_OFF. If the rhp argument to pmRecordControl is NULL, the termination request is broadcast to all pmlogger processes in the current recording session.

An informative dialog is generated directly by each pmlogger process and hence note the comments on the disposition of output from pmlogger below.

6.
To display the current status of the pmlogger instance identified by rhp, call pmRecordControl with a request of PM_REC_STATUS. If the rhp argument to pmRecordControl is NULL, the status request is broadcast to all pmlogger processes in the current recording session.

The display is generated directly by each pmlogger process and hence note the comments on the disposition of output from pmlogger below.

7.
To detach a pmlogger instance identified by rhp and allow it to continue independent of the application that launched the recording session, call pmRecordControl with a request of PM_REC_DETACH. If the rhp argument to pmRecordControl is NULL, the detach request is broadcast to all pmlogger processes in the current recording session.

An informative dialog is generated directly by each pmlogger process and hence note the comments on the disposition of output from pmlogger below.

The calling application should not close any of the returned stdio streams; this will be done by pmRecordControl when recording is commenced.

Once pmlogger has been started for a recording session, then pmlogger will assume responsibility for any dialog with the user in the event that the application that launched the recording session should exit, particularly without terminating the recording session.

By default, information and dialogs from pmlogger will be displayed using pmquery(1) on the assumption that most applications wishing to launch a recording session are GUI-based. In the event that pmquery fails to display the information (for example, because the DISPLAY environment variable is not set), pmlogger will write on its own stderr stream (not the stderr stream of the launching process); the output will be assigned to the XXXXXX.host.log file described in the FILES section below. For convenience, the full pathname to this file is provided via the logfile field in the pmRecordHost structure.

If the options argument to pmRecordControl is not NULL, this string may be used to pass additional arguments to pmquery(1) in those cases where a dialog is to be displayed. One use of this capability would be to provide a -geometry string to control the placement of the dialog.

Premature termination of a launched pmlogger process may be determined using the pmRecordHost structure, by calling select(2) on the fd_ipc field or polling the status field that will contain the termination status from waitpid(2) if known, else -1.  

SEE ALSO

pmafm(1), pmlogger(1), pmquery(1) and PMAPI(3).  

FILES

These routines create a number of files in the same directory as the folio file named in the call to pmRecordSetup. In all cases, the ``XXXXXX'' component is the result of calling mktemp(3).
XXXXXX
If replay is non-zero, this is the creator's replay configuration file, else an empty control file, used to guarantee uniqueness.
folio
The PCP Archive Folio, suitable for use with pmafm(1).
XXXXXX.host.config
The pmlogger(1) configuration for each host - if the same host is used in different calls to pmRecordAddHost within the same recording session then one of the letters ``a'' through ``z'' will be appended to the ``XXXXXX'' part of all associated file names to ensure uniqueness.
XXXXXX.host.log
stdout and stderr for the pmlogger(1) instance for each host.
XXXXXX.host.{0,meta,index}
The files comprising a single PCP archive for each host.
 

DIAGNOSTICS

pmRecordSetup may return NULL in the event of an error. Check errno for the real cause, but the value EINVAL typically means that the order of calls to these routines is not correct (there is obvious state associated with the current recording session that is maintained across calls to these routines). For example the following calls would produce this EINVAL error; calling pmRecordControl before calling pmRecordAddHost at least once, or calling pmRecordAddHost before calling pmRecordSetup.

pmRecordControl and pmRecordAddHost both return 0 on success, else a value less than 0 suitable for decoding with pmErrStr(3) on failure. The value -EINVAL has the same interpretation as errno being set to EINVAL as described above.

pmRecordControl will return PM_ERR_IPC if the associated pmlogger process has already exited.


 

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