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Anyone know what the "non-nice user cpu ticks" line in vmstat -s means?

For example:

# vmstat -s
   127180  total memory
    23436  used memory
     9828  active memory
     6744  inactive memory
   103744  free memory
        0  buffer memory
     9172  swap cache
        0  total swap
        0  used swap
        0  free swap
     1572 non-nice user cpu ticks
        0 nice user cpu ticks
     2632 system cpu ticks
     8543 idle cpu ticks
        0 IO-wait cpu ticks
       21 IRQ cpu ticks
        5 softirq cpu ticks
        0 stolen cpu ticks
        0 pages paged in
        0 pages paged out
        0 pages swapped in
        0 pages swapped out
    47872 interrupts
    53183 CPU context switches
   1331129846 boot time
         1010 forks
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any cpu tick by user process which was not nice'd nice is a way to change priorities of processes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nice_(Unix) if you do not use this command to manipulate priorities you most likely end up all your user cpu ticks in the non nice section of the stats

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