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flog - speed up a process

flog [-l] [-a] [-u] process-id

Flog 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 unmerciful in
its actions. This nullifies the effects of the other keyletter argu-
ments. It is recommended that this option be used only on extremely
stubborn processes, as its over-use may have detrimental effects.

Flog will read the file /have/mercy for any entry containing the
process-id of the process being speeded-up. The file can contain what-
ever supplications are deemed necessary, but, of course, these will be
ignored if the -u 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.


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