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NAME

nice - change process priority

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Errors
Notes

SYNOPSIS

#include <unistd.h>

"int nice(int "inc);

DESCRIPTION

nice adds inc to the nice value for the calling pid. (A large nice value means a low priority.) Only the super user may specify a negative increment, or priority increase.

"RETURN VALUE"

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

EPERM A non-super user attempts to do a priority increase by supplying a negative inc.

"CONFORMING TO"

SVr4, SVID EXT, AT&T, X/OPEN, BSD 4.3. However, the Linux and glibc (earlier than glibc 2.2.4) return value is nonstandard, see below. SVr4 documents an additional EINVAL error code.

NOTES

Note that the routine is documented in SUSv2 to return the new nice value, while the Linux syscall and (g)libc (earlier than glibc 2.2.4) routines return 0 on success. The new nice value can be found using getpriority(2). Note that an implementation in which nice returns the new nice value can legitimately return -1. To reliably detect an error, set errno to 0 before the call, and check its value when nice returns -1.

"SEE ALSO"

nice(1), getpriority(2), setpriority(2), fork(2), renice(8)


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