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NAME

pmdajson - JSON PMDA

DESCRIPTION

pmdajson is a Performance Metrics Domain Agent (PMDA) which exports metrics from arbitrary sources generating JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) syntax.

At least one pair of JSON inputs are required for pmdajson to provide metrics for PCP clients; one describing metric metadata and one containing metric values data. Metadata is read once from a file at PMDA startup while the data is read every time a request for metric values is made by a PCP client. The data is read either from a JSON file or an external command generating JSON output. More than one pair of JSON inputs can be used to support arbitrary number of metric sources in different configured directories.

The overall JSON format description is at http://www.json.org/.

JSON DATA SOURCES

pmdajson reads a mandatory JSON configuration file
$PCP_PMDAS_DIR /json/config.json

This file can contain the following PMDA options using the JSON syntax:

directory_list
trusted_directory_list

pmdajson searches the directories listed for these options looking for files named metadata.json and (by default) data.json . The JSON metadata files describe the metric names, types, and other details of the associated JSON metric data. The JSON data file name is configurable, and can also be an external command instead of a periodically updated (by external tools) data file.

Each of these found JSON file/command pairs form a JSON data source .

For example, let us assume the following simple JSON data file that contains values for two metrics, one of type string and one numeric:

  {
    "string_value": "testing, 1, 2, 3",
    "read_count": 0
  }

For these metrics the metadata file needed by pmdajson would be:

  {
    "metrics": [
      {
        "name": "string_value",
        "pointer": "/string_value",
        "type": "string"
      },
      {
        "name": "read_count",
        "pointer": "/read_count",
        "type": "integer",
        "description": "Times values read"
      }
    ]
  }

For further details on the JSON metadata format and options, see the README file included as part of pmdajson installation.

SECURITY MODEL

JSON data sources listed for the directory_list option are not trusted, meaning that if external commands to generate the needed JSON data are used, these commands are run as user nobody .

JSON data sources listed for the trusted_directory_list option are trusted, meaning that if external commands to generate the needed JSON data are used, these commands are run as user root .

For further details on security and description on running external commands, see the README file included as part of pmdajson installation.

INSTALLATION

Install the JSON PMDA by using the Install script as root:

# cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/json
# ./Install

To uninstall, do the following as root:

# cd $PCP_PMDAS_DIR/json
# ./Remove

pmdajson is launched by pmcd (1) and should never be executed directly. The Install and Remove scripts notify pmcd (1) when the agent is installed or removed.

FILES

$PCP_PMDAS_DIR /json/README
additional documentation for pmdajson used JSON files
$PCP_PMDAS_DIR /json/config.json
configuration file for the pmdajson agent
$PCP_PMDAS_DIR /json/Install
installation script for the pmdajson agent
$PCP_PMDAS_DIR /json/Remove
undo installation script for the pmdajson agent
$PCP_LOG_DIR /pmcd/json.log
default log file for messages from the pmdajson agent

PCP ENVIRONMENT

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).

SEE ALSO

PCPIntro (1), pmcd (1) and pminfo (1).


Index

NAME
DESCRIPTION
JSON DATA SOURCES
SECURITY MODEL
INSTALLATION
FILES
PCP ENVIRONMENT
SEE ALSO