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PMSD(8)			    System Manager's Manual		       PMSD(8)

NAME
       pmsd  - Periodically Manic System Daemon. Manages the bizzare and some-
       times unexplainable behavior exhibited by computers.

SYNOPSIS
       pmsd [-bcfmp]

DESCRIPTION
       pmsd is a rogue daemon that is spawned on a  semi-regular  schedule  by
       init(8).	  Most of the unusual and quirky behavior associated with mis-
       behaving	computers can be attributed to pmsd.

       pmsd has	a number of  command-line  options,  invoked  at  run-time  by
       init(8).	  The  ps(1) command will occasionally display the current op-
       tions, but only if pmsd feels like revealing them. This is usually  not
       the case. pmsd can be manually invoked by the pms(8) command. Make sure
       there is	not a pmsd process already running when	you  use  pms(8);  you
       don't want to be	on a system with multiple instances of pmsd running.

       With  no	flags, pmsd runs with the default -m option, and any others it
       feels like using.

OPTIONS
       -b     Bloat. Files randomly grow in size, filling up  filesystems  and
	      causing quotas to	be exceeded.

       -c     Craving.	System	becomes	 hungry, eating	magnetic tapes,	CD-ROM
	      discs, floppies, and anything else a hapless user	loads  into  a
	      removable	media drive.

       -f     Fatigue.	System	will  pause for	a random period	of time. It is
	      important	to leave the system alone during this  time.  Attempts
	      to  coax the machine into	normal operation could cause the spon-
	      taneous activation of all	command-line switches. This is	to  be
	      avoided.

       -m     Mood swings. Process priorities and nice values are altered ran-
	      domly. Swapping usually occurs with no warning, even when	memory
	      is available. This is the	default	behavior.

       -p     Peeved.  One  or	more users are selected	as targets of the sys-
	      tem's anger.  Files are deleted, e-mail copied to	/etc/motd, and
	      any  Usenet  articles  posted  by	the targets are	crossposted to
	      misc.test	and alt.flame.

NOTES
       When pmsd is invoked by using the pms(8)	command, pmsd ignores any com-
       mand-line switches and does what	it damned well pleases.

SEE ALSO
       pms(8)

BUGS
       There are no bugs; how could you	ask that?

HISTORY
       Written by Eric L. Pederson <eric@bofh.org.uk>.

				 25 March 1996			       PMSD(8)

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