Linux 2.6 - man page for pmsd (linux section 8)
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pmsd - Periodically Manic System Daemon. Manages the bizzare and sometimes unexplainable
behavior exhibited by computers.
pmsd is a rogue daemon that is spawned on a semi-regular schedule by init(8). Most of the
unusual and quirky behavior associated with misbehaving computers can be attributed to
pmsd has a number of command-line options, invoked at run-time by init(8). The ps(1) com-
mand will occasionally display the current options, but only if pmsd feels like revealing
them. This is usually not the case. pmsd can be manually invoked by the pms(8) command.
Make sure there is not a pmsd process already running when you use pms(8); you don't want
to be on a system with multiple instances of pmsd running.
With no flags, pmsd runs with the default -m option, and any others it feels like using.
-b Bloat. Files randomly grow in size, filling up filesystems and causing quotas to be
-c Craving. System becomes hungry, eating magnetic tapes, CD-ROM discs, floppies, and
anything else a hapless user loads into a removable media drive.
-f Fatigue. System will pause for a random period of time. It is important to leave
the system alone during this time. Attempts to coax the machine into normal opera-
tion could cause the spontaneous activation of all command-line switches. This is
to be avoided.
-m Mood swings. Process priorities and nice values are altered randomly. Swapping usu-
ally occurs with no warning, even when memory is available. This is the default
-p Peeved. One or more users are selected as targets of the system's anger. Files are
deleted, e-mail copied to /etc/motd, and any Usenet articles posted by the targets
are crossposted to misc.test and alt.flame.
When pmsd is invoked by using the pms(8) command, pmsd ignores any command-line switches
and does what it damned well pleases.
There are no bugs; how could you ask that?
Written by Eric L. Pederson <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
25 March 1996 PMSD(8)
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