Mnemonic for `nice` and `renice` command

# Negative is Not Nice
This is just a phrase I use to help me remember which way is what when using nice (top, renice, etc.), and not a command, (unless you really want this in your .bash_history to help remind you.) I was using the command `man nice ` way too much just to look up which way is what. This saves 9 keystrokes every time I remember it. Make sure you downvote me if you think mnemonics sux. Otherwise I hope this helps someone else.

2011-11-29 19:05:23

What Others Think

The nice command sets the niceness of the command. If a process has a high niceness, it is nice, and it behaves nicely with other processes, in other words, has a low scheduling priority. I think this is where the whole thing originates, but I'm not sure.
dratini0 · 504 weeks and 6 days ago
I remember it as saying "specify how nice a program will be, to everyone else", thinking that it's more willing to give up its scheduling priority to other processes. Negative means greedy. Which isn't nice.
kaedenn · 504 weeks and 6 days ago

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