#include <pcp/pmapi.h> #include <pcp/pmda.h>
int pmdaEventNewClient(int context );
int pmdaEventEndClient(int context );
int pmdaEventClients(pmAtomValue * avp );
The PMDA (3) library provides callback routines for PMDA developers to provide custom handling of client connections and disconnections. If the PMDA is making use of the event queueing mechanism provided by pmdaEventNewQueue (3) and friends, client connections and disconnections must be tracked via calls to pmdaEventNewClient and pmdaEventEndClient respectively. This allows the library to keep track of when events can be discarded from a queue, for example, for the context specified. This parameter is passed into the e_endCallBack function directly, and for other callback functions is available via the e_context field of the pmdaExt structure. Additionally, it can be queried at any time using pmdaGetContext (3).
Sometimes it is useful for the PMDA to export a metric indicating the current count of attached clients - this is available using the pmdaEventClients routine, which will fill in the avp pmAtomValue structure on behalf of a PMDA fetch callback routine.