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 scheduling. 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 too.

add integer N to the niceness (default 10)
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

Your shell may have its own version of nice, which usually supersedes the version described here. Please refer to your shell's documentation for details about the options it supports.

if the nice command itself fails
if COMMAND is found but cannot be invoked
if COMMAND cannot be found
the exit status of COMMAND otherwise

Written by David MacKenzie.

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nice(2), renice(1)

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or available locally via: info '(coreutils) nice invocation'

March 2024 GNU coreutils 9.5