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NICE(2)								       NICE(2)

       nice - change priority of a process

       #include <unistd.h>

       int nice(int incr);

       The  nice()  function  allows  a	 process  to change its priority.  The
       invoking	 process must be in  a	scheduling  class  that	 supports  the

       The  nice()  function  adds the value of	 incr to the nice value of the
       calling process. A process's nice value is a  non-negative  number  for
       which a greater positive value results in lower CPU priority.

       A  maximum  nice	 value of (2 * NZERO) −1 and a minimum nice value of 0
       are imposed by the system.  NZERO  is  defined  in  <limits.h>  with  a
       default	value  of  20. Requests for values above or below these limits
       result in the nice value being set to the corresponding limit.  A  nice
       value of 40 is treated as 39.

       Calling	the nice() function has no effect on the priority of processes
       or threads with policy SCHED_FIFO or SCHED_RR.

       Only a process with the {PRIV_PROC_PRIOCNTL} privilege  can  lower  the
       nice value.

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

       The nice() function will fail if:

		 The  nice()  function	is called by a process in a scheduling
		 class other than time-sharing or fixed-priority.

		 The incr argument is negative or  greater  than  40  and  the
		 {PRIV_PROC_PRIOCNTL}  privilege is not asserted in the effec‐
		 tive set of the calling process.

       The priocntl(2) function is a more general interface to scheduler func‐

       Since  −1  is  a permissible return value in a successful situation, an
       application wishing to check for error situations should set  errno  to
       0,  then	 call  nice(),	and if it returns −1, check to see if errno is

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       │Interface Stability │ Standard		│
       │MT-Level	    │ Async-Signal-Safe │

       nice(1), exec(2), priocntl(2), getpriority(3C),	attributes(5),	privi‐
       leges(5), standards(5)

				  Apr 1, 2004			       NICE(2)

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