PdhLookupPerfNameByIndexA function

Returns the performance object name or counter name corresponding to the specified index.

Syntax

PDH_FUNCTION PdhLookupPerfNameByIndexA(
  LPCSTR  szMachineName,
  DWORD   dwNameIndex,
  LPSTR   szNameBuffer,
  LPDWORD pcchNameBufferSize
);

Parameters

szMachineName

Null-terminated string that specifies the name of the computer where the specified performance object or counter is located. The computer name can be specified by the DNS name or the IP address. If NULL, the function uses the local computer.

dwNameIndex

Index of the performance object or counter.

szNameBuffer

Caller-allocated buffer that receives the null-terminated name of the performance object or counter. Set to NULL if pcchNameBufferSize is zero.

pcchNameBufferSize

Size of the szNameBuffer buffer, in TCHARs. If zero on input, the function returns PDH_MORE_DATA and sets this parameter to the required buffer size. If the buffer is larger than the required size, the function sets this parameter to the actual size of the buffer that was used. If the specified size on input is greater than zero but less than the required size, you should not rely on the returned size to reallocate the buffer.

Return Value

If the function succeeds, it returns ERROR_SUCCESS.

If the function fails, the return value is a system error code or a PDH error code. The following are possible values.

Return code Description
PDH_MORE_DATA
The szNameBuffer buffer is not large enough to contain the counter name. This return value is expected if pcchNameBufferSize is zero on input. If the specified size on input is greater than zero but less than the required size, you should not rely on the returned size to reallocate the buffer.
PDH_INVALID_ARGUMENT
A parameter is not valid or is incorrectly formatted. For example, on some releases you could receive this error if the specified size on input is greater than zero but less than the required size.

Remarks

You should call this function twice, the first time to get the required buffer size (set szNameBuffer to NULL and pcchNameBufferSize to 0), and the second time to get the data.

Windows XP:  You must specify a buffer and buffer size. The function sets pcchNameBufferSize to either the required size or the size of the buffer that was used. If the buffer is too small, the function returns PDH_INSUFFICIENT_BUFFER instead of PDH_MORE_DATA. The maximum string size in bytes is PDH_MAX_COUNTER_NAME * sizeof(TCHAR).

The index value that you specify must match one of the index values associated with the objects or counters that were loaded on the computer. The index/name value pairs are stored in the Counters registry value in the following registry location.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
   \SOFTWARE
      \Microsoft
         \Windows NT
            \CurrentVersion
               \Perflib
                  Last Counter = highest counter index
                  Last Help = highest help index
                  \009
                     Counters = 2 System 4 Memory...
                     Help = 3 The System Object Type...
                  \supported language, other than English
                     Counters = ...
                     Help = ...

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header pdh.h
Library Pdh.lib
DLL Pdh.dll

See Also

PdhLookupPerfIndexByName