flog — speed up a process
] [-a m
is used to stimulate an improvement in the performance of a process
that is already in execution. The process-id
is the process number of
the process that is to be disciplined.
The value n
of the -l
flag is the flagellation constant, i.e., the
number of lashes
to be administered per minute. If this argument is
omitted, the default is 17, which is the most random random number.
The value m
of the -a
flag is the number of times the inducement
to speed up is to be administered
. If this argument is omitted, the
default is one, which is based on the possibility that after that the process
will rectify its behavior of its own volition.
The presence of the -u
flag indicates that flog
is to be
in its actions. This nullifies the effects of the other
keyletter arguments. It is recommended that this option be used only on
extremely stubborn processes, as its over-use may have detrimental effects.
will read the file /have/mercy
for any entry containing the
process-id of the process being speeded-up. The file can contain whatever
supplications are deemed necessary, but, of course, these will be ignored if
flag is supplied.
On Improving Process Performance by the Administration of Corrective
Stimulation, CACM ,
vol. 4, 1657, pp. 356-654.
If a named process does not exist, flog
replies ``flog you'' on the
standard output. If flog
happens to kill
(2) the process, which
usually happens when the -u
keyletter argument is supplied, it writes
``RIP,'' followed by the process-id of the deceased, on the standard output.
Spurious supplications for mercy by the process being flogged sometimes wind up
on the standard output, rather than in /shut/up