pmLookupInDomText(3) return text describing a performance metrics instance domain

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#include <pcp/pmapi.h>

int pmLookupInDomText(pmInDom indom, int level, char **buffer)
int pmRequestInDomText(int ctx, pmInDom indom, int level)

cc ... -lpcp


Provided the source of metrics from the current Performance Metrics Application Programming Interface (PMAPI) context is a host, retrieve descriptive text about the performance metrics instance domain identified by indom.

The value for the instance domain indom is typically extracted from a pmDesc structure, following a call to pmLookupDesc(3) for a particular performance metric.

The argument level should be PM_TEXT_ONELINE for a one-line summary, else PM_TEXT_HELP for a more verbose description, suited to a help dialog.

The space pointed to by buffer will have been allocated in pmLookupInDomText with malloc(3C), and it is the responsibility of the caller to free(3C) the space when it is no longer required.

pmLookupInDomText returns zero on success.

pmRequestInDomText and pmReceiveText are used by applications which must communicate with the PMCD asynchronously. These functions take explict context handle ctx which must refer to a host context (i.e. created by passing PM_CONTEXT_HOST to pmNewContext). pmRequestInDomText sends request to PMCD to provide descriptive text about performance metrics instance domain identified by indom and returns without waiting for the response, pmReceiveText reads reply from PMCD. It is the responsibility of the application to make sure the data are ready before calling pmReceiveText to avoid blocking.


if the current PMAPI context is an archive log (help and one-line text is not maintained in the archive logs)
Context is currently in use by another asynchronous call.