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Bug 88415 - nice doesn't nice
Summary: nice doesn't nice
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-09 23:07 UTC by Scott Otterson
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:52 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:46 UTC

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Description Scott Otterson 2003-04-09 23:07:28 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.6 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020913

Description of problem:
There's no way to make nice give a process a nice level of 19.  I've
tried all of the flags on the nice manpage and all of them either don't work, or
complain that I'm using a badly formed nice number.  "Don't work" means that the
process is still at nice zero after running nice.

I don't know if this bug is with the kernel or what but it's at least a
documentation bug.

Anyway, running nice without specifying a number results in a level 4. 
Is that as good as 19, these days?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
nice -n 19 <program>
nice --adjustment=19 <program>
nice -19 <program>

Actual Results:  top shows the program at nice 0

Expected Results:  program should be at nice 19latest kernel patch

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:46 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
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