[SATLUG] difference between niceness and priority

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 16:18:38 CDT 2012


Christopher Lemire wrote:
> I'm taking a Linux+ practice exam just for fun. Would somebody tell me
> what is the difference between priority and nice value? I thought they
> were used interchangeably to mean the same thing. The practice exam
> question makes niceness and priority distinctly different by saying
> updatedb is running with a different priority, different nice value.
> So, what is the difference between priority and niceness?
>
> http://i.imgur.com/BWNiZ.jpg

This is a useful description:

http://www.nixtutor.com/linux/changing-priority-on-linux-processes/

   -- Bruce


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