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Linux 2.6 - man page for renice (linux section 1)

RENICE(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual				RENICE(1)

     renice -- alter priority of running processes

     renice [-n] priority [[-p] pid ...] [[-g] pgrp ...] [[-u] user ...]
     renice -h | -v

     Renice alters the scheduling priority of one or more running processes.  The following who
     parameters are interpreted as process ID's, process group ID's, or user names.  Renice'ing a
     process group causes all processes in the process group to have their scheduling priority
     altered.  Renice'ing a user causes all processes owned by the user to have their scheduling
     priority altered.	By default, the processes to be affected are specified by their process

     Options supported by renice:

     -n, --priority
	     The scheduling priority of the process, process group, or user.

     -g, --pgrp
	     Force who parameters to be interpreted as process group ID's.

     -u, --user
	     Force the who parameters to be interpreted as user names.

     -p, --pid
	     Resets the who interpretation to be (the default) process ID's.

     -v, --version
	     Print version.

     -h, --help
	     Print help.

     For example,

     renice +1 987 -u daemon root -p 32

     would change the priority of process ID's 987 and 32, and all processes owned by users dae-
     mon and root.

     Users other than the super-user may only alter the priority of processes they own, and can
     only monotonically increase their ``nice value'' (for security reasons) within the range 0
     to PRIO_MAX (20), unless a nice resource limit is set (Linux 2.6.12 and higher).  The super-
     user may alter the priority of any process and set the priority to any value in the range
     PRIO_MIN (-20) to PRIO_MAX.  Useful priorities are: 20 (the affected processes will run only
     when nothing else in the system wants to), 0 (the ``base'' scheduling priority), anything
     negative (to make things go very fast).

     /etc/passwd  to map user names to user ID's

     getpriority(2), setpriority(2)

     Non super-users can not increase scheduling priorities of their own processes, even if they
     were the ones that decreased the priorities in the first place.
     The Linux kernel (at least version 2.0.0) and linux libc (at least version 5.2.18) does not
     agree entirely on what the specifics of the systemcall interface to set nice values is.
     Thus causes renice to report bogus previous nice values.

     The renice command appeared in 4.0BSD.

     The renice command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.ker-

4th Berkeley Distribution		   June 9, 1993 		4th Berkeley Distribution

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