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pmGetArchiveEnd − locate logical end of file for an archive log


#include <pcp/pmapi.h>

int pmGetArchiveEnd(struct timeval *tvp);

cc ... −lpcp


Assuming the current PMAPI context is associated with an archive log, pmGetArchiveEnd will attempt to find the logical end of file (after the last complete record in the archive), and return the last recorded timestamp via tvp. This timestamp may be passed to pmSetMode(3) to reliably position the context at the last valid log record, e.g. in preparation for subsequent reading in reverse chronological order.

For archive logs that are not concurrently being written, the physical end of file and the logical end of file are co-incident. However if an archive log is being written by pmlogger(1) at the same time an application is trying to read the archive, the logical end of file may be before the physical end of file due to write buffering that is not aligned with the logical record boundaries.

pmGetArchiveEnd returns an error less than zero if the context is neither valid, nor associated with an archive, or the archive is seriously corrupted. Otherwise, the return value is 0 if there has been no change of state since the last call, or 1 if the logical end of file has advanced since the last call.

In the absence of an error, the result returned via tvp is well-defined.

pmGetArchiveEnd preserves the positioning state of the log file prior to this function call.


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). Values for these variables may be obtained programatically using the pmGetConfig(3) function.


PMAPI(3), pmFetch(3), pmFetchArchive(3), pmGetArchiveLabel(3), pmGetConfig(3), pmSetMode(3), pcp.conf(5) and pcp.env(5).



the current PMAPI context is either invalid, or not associated with an archive log


the archive is sufficiently damaged, that not a single valid record can be found