NICE(1) User Commands NICE(1)
nice – run a program with modified scheduling priority
nice [OPTION] [COMMAND [ARG]…]
Run COMMAND with an adjusted niceness, which affects process schedul‐
ing. With no COMMAND, print the current niceness. Niceness values
range from -20 (most favorable to the process) to 19 (least favorable
to the process).
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
add integer N to the niceness (default 10)
–help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
NOTE: your shell may have its own version of nice, which usually super‐
sedes the version described here. Please refer to your shell’s docu‐
mentation for details about the options it supports.
Written by David MacKenzie.
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GPL version 3 or later
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
Full documentation at:
or available locally via: info ‘(coreutils) nice invocation’
GNU coreutils 8.25 February 2016 NICE(1)