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sched_setscheduler - Set scheduling policy and parameters of a process


sched_setscheduler can be used to set the scheduling policy and scheduling parameter of an existing process with specified process ID (pid) and specified scheduling parameters (param). It can be used to set and toggle between different scheduling policies, e.g. SCHED_FIFO, SCHED_RR, SCHED_NORMAL, etc., depending on the requirements of the process. It can also be used to set the process' priority within the specified scheduling policy, using the struct sched_param.

This call is subject to the CAP_SYS_NICE capability.


  • pid:pid_t[K] - Process ID of the process whose scheduling policy should be set.
  • policy:int[K] - Scheduling policy. Must be one of SCHED_OTHER (normal time-sharing), SCHED_FIFO (run until blocked or killed), SCHED_RR (same as FIFO but timesliced), or SCHED_BATCH (batch job).
  • param:struct sched_param*[K] - Scheduling parameters, to set the process priority within the specified scheduling policy.

Available Tags

  • K - Originated from kernel-space.






To track the scheduling policy and parameters being set for a process.

Example Use Case

sched_setscheduler can be used when one needs fine-grained control over how a process is scheduled on a system. It can be used to prioritize processes, for example, when one process demands more resources than other processes.


Before 4.15, scheduling parameters did not work with SCHED_IDLE or SCHED_BATCH.

  • sched_getparam - Get scheduling parameters of a process.
  • sched_getaffinity - Get/set the CPU affinity of a process.

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