Be Nice To Your Server: Setting Process Priorities

In a vast majority of cases, Linux does a fantastic job of automatically scheduling processes. The more urgent processes are given a higher priority, and the less urgent processes a lower priority. In rare circumstances, the scheduler might not prioritize processes as you would like. For example, backup processes could be taking up resources that you would rather be used serving web pages. If you would like to regain a bit control over process priorities, the nice and renice commands will give you some.
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