Provided by: cpulimit_1.4-1_amd64 bug


       cpulimit -- limits the CPU usage of a process


       cpulimit TARGET [OPTIONS...]


       TARGET must be exactly one of these:

       -p, --pid=N
              pid of the process

       -e, --exe=FILE
              name of the executable program file

       -P, --path=PATH
              absolute path name of the executable program file


       -b, --background
              run cpulimit in the background, freeing up the terminal

       -l, --limit=N
              percentage of CPU allowed from 0 to 100 (mandatory)

       -v, --verbose
              show control statistics

       -z, --lazy
              exit if there is no suitable target process, or if it dies

       -h, --help
              display this help and exit


       Assuming  you  have  started  `foo  --bar` and you find out with top(1) or ps(1) that this
       process uses all your CPU time you can either

       # cpulimit -e foo -l 50
              limits the CPU usage of the process by acting on the executable program file (note:
              the argument "--bar" is omitted)

       # cpulimit -p 1234 -l 50
              limits the CPU usage of the process by acting on its PID, as shown by ps(1)

       # cpulimit -P /usr/bin/foo -l 50
              same as -e but uses the absolute path name


       ·   cpulimit  always  sends  the  SIGSTOP and SIGCONT signals to a process, both to verify
           that it can control it and to limit the average amount of CPU it consumes.   This  can
           result  in  misleading  (annoying) job control messages that indicate that the job has
           been stopped (when actually it was, but immediately restarted).  This can  also  cause
           issues  with  interactive  shells  that detect or otherwise depend on SIGSTOP/SIGCONT.
           For example, you may place a job in the foreground, only to see it immediately stopped
           and restarted in the background.  (See also <>.)

       ·   When  invoked  with  the  -e or -P options, cpulimit looks for any process under /proc
           with a name that matches the process name argument given.  Furthermore,  it  uses  the
           first instance of the process found.  To control a specific instance of a process, use
           the -p option and provide a PID.

       ·   The current version of cpulimit assumes the kernel HZ value 100.


       This manpage was written for the Debian project by gregor herrmann <> but
       may be used by others.