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NICE(3) 			   BSD Library Functions Manual 			  NICE(3)

NAME
     nice -- set program scheduling priority

LIBRARY
     Standard C Library (libc, -lc)

SYNOPSIS
     #include <unistd.h>

     int
     nice(int incr);

DESCRIPTION
     This interface is obsoleted by setpriority(2).

     The nice() function obtains the scheduling priority of the process from the system and sets
     it to the priority value specified in incr.  The priority is a value in the range -20 to 20.
     The default priority is 0; lower priorities cause more favorable scheduling.  Only a process
     with appropriate privileges may lower priorities.

     Children inherit the priority of their parent processes via fork(2).

RETURN VALUES
     Upon successful completion, nice() returns the new nice value minus NZERO.  Otherwise, -1 is
     returned, the process' nice value is not changed, and errno is set to indicate the error.

ERRORS
     The nice() function will fail if:

     [EPERM]		The incr argument is negative and the caller does not have appropriate
			privileges.

SEE ALSO
     nice(1), fork(2), setpriority(2), renice(8)

STANDARDS
     The nice() function conforms to X/Open Portability Guide Issue 4, Version 2 (``XPG4.2'').

HISTORY
     A nice() syscall appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.

BSD					  April 30, 2011				      BSD
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