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What is the 'nice' process?

I use MenuMeters to display my processor performance in my menu bar.  It
breaks down processor usage into three categories: System, User and Nice.
Particularly after I backup to my Firewire drive, the Nice process uses a
lot of the processor.  What is Nicing?

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spat (33)
3/1/2006 10:05:36 PM
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On Wed, 01 Mar 2006 22:05:36 +0000, Spat wrote:

> I use MenuMeters to display my processor performance in my menu bar.  It
> breaks down processor usage into three categories: System, User and Nice.
> Particularly after I backup to my Firewire drive, the Nice process uses a
> lot of the processor.  What is Nicing?

"Nice" is Unix terminology.  It means "Change the priority of a process"
(ie. be nice to others by reducing the priority of your own).

Sometimes you find that existing programs are configured to run at a
different priority to default - for example, a program which HAS to
respond in a particular time frame is likely to be set to highest priority.

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jim7146 (3)
3/1/2006 10:14:48 PM
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