Bug 170082

Summary: Gdm config (gdm.conf) doesn't allow specifying nice priority for X server
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Philip Prindeville <philipp>
Component: gnome-desktopAssignee: Ray Strode [halfline] <rstrode>
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Description Philip Prindeville 2005-10-07 01:50:45 UTC
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Description of problem:
Despite the fact that gdm.conf contains more configuration lines than gcc having options...  You can specify that you want your X server to run at a raised or lowered priority (typically raised).

For instance, if you're doing a lot of multimedia that's realtime (like running Xine or Mplayer or MythTV), then you'll probably want to run your X server at -10 or so.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. run "ps -efl | egrep '\<X\>'
2. Check the NICE column.

Actual Results:  The X server usually runs at a default nice priority of 0.

Additional info:

It would be better to allow one to give a config line as:


and have it run X at -5.

This is a lot more secure than having to do a "sudo renice" of the server from your .xinitrc file.

Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2005-12-06 22:06:14 UTC
Hi Phillip,

Can't you just change the command= line to have
nice -n -5 in front of everything else?

Either way, this type of feature request should go upstream.  It's not really
fedora specific and we wouldn't want to carry a patch that diverged from
upstream for this kind of feature.

If you do file upstream can you post a link to the upstream bug report here?

Comment 2 Philip Prindeville 2005-12-06 22:46:52 UTC
A bug has been opened upstream, and the id is 323346


The reason you can't do it via "nice" is that the server does a "setuid" and
"setgid" before starting the command line, which means that you can only
increase the priority (i.e. positive nice values).  You can't lower it.

Comment 3 Philip Prindeville 2006-05-12 15:59:35 UTC
This has been fixed upstream.  This can be closed.