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IDLE(2)                    Linux Programmer's Manual                   IDLE(2)



NAME
       idle - make process 0 idle

SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>

       int idle(void);

DESCRIPTION
       idle() is an internal system call used during bootstrap.  It marks the process's pages as swappable, lowers its
       priority, and enters the main scheduling loop.  idle() never returns.

       Only process 0 may call idle().  Any user process, even a  process  with  superuser  permission,  will  receive
       EPERM.

RETURN VALUE
       idle() never returns for process 0, and always returns -1 for a user process.

ERRORS
       EPERM  Always, for a user process.

VERSIONS
       Since 2.3.13 this system call does not exist anymore.

CONFORMING TO
       This function is Linux-specific, and should not be used in programs intended to be portable.

COLOPHON
       This  page  is part of release 3.22 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the project, and informa-
       tion about reporting bugs, can be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.



Linux                             1994-08-21                           IDLE(2)