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On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 07:56:17AM +0100, Matthew Seaman wrote: > On 15/09/2013 07:20, Gary Kline wrote: > > > I've evidently had too many pain meds; this shelll script should > > be easy. say that I have a utility xxx running sometimes. xxx is > > soaking up a chunk of my load. I have to use top to find if > > xxx is running, then kill -9 to kill xxx and have a steady load of, > > say, between 0.10 and 0.15. what's the script that can do this? > > The classic answer to this is that you need to find the pid of your > 'xxx' process, and then kill it using that. Some combination of ps(1) > and grep(1) usually sufficed. > > However nowadays there's the very handy pkill(1): > > pkill -9 xxx > > Tying that in with the trigger based on system load: > > #!/bin/sh > > load=$(sysctl vm.loadavg | cut -d ' ' -f 3) > too_high=$(bc -e "$load > 0.15" < /dev/null) > > if [ $too_high = '1' ]; then > pkill -9 xxx > fi > > Note the use of bc(1) to compare floating point values -- the built-in > $((shell arithmetic)) or expr(1) only do integer arithmetic. > > One final point -- instead of killing the xxx process when the load gets > too high, you could simply renice(1) it to very low priority. Or even > better, use idprio(1). > > This won't actually affect the system load values much as 'system load' > is an average of the number of processes requesting a CPU time slice. > What it does do is mean that your 'xxx' process is always pretty much > the last process to get any CPU time -- so everything else should remain > responsive, and your xxx process will only run when the system is > otherwise idle. > > Cheers, > > Matthew thanks very much, gents. no, it wasnt my med; it was that I slept ttoo much:: Old age. "pkill -9 utility" works. the 0.15 or 0.10 were arbitrrary. the default load adverage should be even less since the box is just sitting here! ...well, it's replying to lookup, I suppose. tx again, gary > -- > Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. > > PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey > JID: matt...@infracaninophile.co.uk > -- Gary Kline kl...@thought.org http://www.thought.org Public Service Unix Twenty-seven years of service to the Unix community. http://www.thought.org/HOPE _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"