int pmFetchArchive(pmResult ** result );
The result is instantiated with all of the metrics (and instances) from the next archive record, consequently there is no notion of a list of desired metrics, and the instance profile of the PMAPI context is ignored.
pmFetchArchive may return a result in which numpmid is zero. This is a <mark> record that indicates a temporal discontinuity in the time series of performance metrics. This can happen at the boundary between archive logs in a set or if the archive log associated with the current PMAPI context was created using pmlogextract (1) to concatenate two or more PCP archive logs, and the <mark> record marks a point in time between the end of one input archive and the start of the next input archive.
It is expected that pmFetchArchive would be used to create utilities that scan sets of archive logs, while the more common access to the archives would be via the pmFetch (3) interface.
To skip records within the set of archive logs, use pmSetMode (3) to change the collection time within the current PMAPI context, then call pmFetchArchive.