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SubjectRe: How can I know the number of current users in the system?
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The short answer is; No.

The slightly longer answer is that Linux/Unix kernels don't have a
consept of a logged in user. userids are used for really only one thing,
owner ship of data. In order to do enforce it a process must be running
as a spesific user. Once programs had a userid attached to it, things
rolled on from there. However there is no way of figuring out if a
process is "online" or something else.

However, the big iron *ix'es do this, and I can't remember exactly how
they do it. But another feature often pop up; guaranteeing a users a
minimum CPU percentage. (Even if I hate it, it has merit for RT/responce
critical apps.)

My suggestion is to loop thru the processes and collect a list of all
the userids and form a tree/list of all the processes belonging to each
of them. Then you fair share schedule between the users.

Another issue: did you want to serialize scheduling? (run all the
processes for a user in sequence before starting on the next user?)
Another feature on the "big" *ix'es.

THis is going to have some side effects! nicing a process up or down may
only nice relative to the users other processes, not other users. It may
be what you want, just thought I'd bring it up.

Next issue, do you want to fair share between root and the other users?
(and THAT is a time old discussion...)

TJ


søn, 2001-11-04 kl. 23:15 skrev Wei Xiaoliang:
> Hi every one,
> I have a problem not clear: Is there any counter for the user number
> in linux?
> I want to do anexperiment which will get the number of current user in
> the system and try fair-share scheduling based on it. I read the sys.c
> and user.c but cannot find a counter for it. Is there any counter for
> this things?
>
> If no, where can I put the inc instruct and dec instruct or the
> counter? in the uid_hash_insert and uid_hash_remove?
> Thank you!
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