iStat Widget: what does "nice" mean?

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  1. valdore macrumors 65816

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    I have the iStat widget installed to give me information about system activity. What is the "nice" and what does it mean?
     
  2. Mac'Mo macrumors 6502a

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    i believe i have hte iStat2 and its great ubt now it asks me to like type in a number every time i hit f12. I guess this was the trial? Does anyone know if iStat2 isn't freeware and i guess i wore out the trial? is iStat (not 2) freeware?
     
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  4. valdore thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. :)

    that article is rather technical though. what's it mean when the istat widget says the nice is 80% or 90% or 98% or whatever? :confused:

    I do run World Community Grid (protein folding) and seti@home on the machine, and I know that impacts it, but that's about all...
     
  5. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

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    Nice Precentage is the Percentage of CPU time used by tasks that are running using nice. These processes are using a non standard priority level to give them more or less priority.
     
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    That nice seems to be whatever is taking the majority of the CPU, according to my observations running Activity Monitor and the iStat application.

    nice in general is supposed to signal that a process gets a certain relative priority, though all user processes could be set to the same number, higher or lower than the default.
     

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