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renice


SYNOPSIS

       renice [-n] priority [-gpu] identifier...


DESCRIPTION

       renice alters the scheduling priority of one or more running processes.
       The first argument is the priority value to be used.  The  other  argu-
       ments  are  interpreted as process IDs (by default), process group IDs,
       user IDs, or user names.  renice'ing a process group  causes  all  pro-
       cesses  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.


OPTIONS

       -n, --priority priority
              Specify  the  scheduling  priority  to  be used for the process,
              process group, or user.  Use of the option -n or  --priority  is
              optional, but when used it must be the first argument.

       -g, --pgrp pgid...
              Force  the  succeeding  arguments  to  be interpreted as process
              group IDs.

       -u, --user name_or_uid...
              Force the succeeding arguments to be interpreted as usernames or
              UIDs.

       -p, --pid pid...
              Force  the succeeding arguments to be interpreted as process IDs
              (the default).

       -h, --help
              Display a help text.

       -V, --version
              Display version information.


EXAMPLES

       The following command would change the priority of the  processes  with
       PIDs 987 and 32, plus all processes owned by the users daemon and root:

              renice +1 987 -u daemon root -p 32


NOTES

       Users  other  than  the  super-user may only alter the priority of pro-
       cesses 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  priori-
       ties 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).
       sion 5.2.18) does not agree entirely on what the specifics of the  sys-
       temcall  interface to set nice values is.  Thus causes renice to report
       bogus previous nice values.


HISTORY

       The renice command appeared in 4.0BSD.


AVAILABILITY

       The renice command is part of the util-linux package and  is  available
       from  Linux  Kernel Archive <ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-
       linux/>.


util-linux September 2011 RENICE(1)



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