GONG(1)                                                   GONG(1)


NAME
       gong - evaluate process performance

SYNOPSIS
       gong [-f] [-a] process-id

DESCRIPTION
       Gong is used to evaluate the performance of a process that
       is in execution.

       The process-id is the process number of the process  whose
       performance  is  to  be evaluated.  The evaluation is per-
       formed by a set of three ``panelist''  routines,  each  of
       which  analyzes  one aspect (time, space, and tonality) of
       the performance of the process.  If any of these  routines
       is  not  amused by the performance, the process being ana-
       lyzed is sent the gong(2) signal.  In addition,  the  pro-
       cess-id  of  the evaluated process is written on the stan-
       dard gong, for possible future corrective action.  (It  is
       suggested  that  the standard gong be an audible alarm for
       proper  effect.)   It  is  expected   that   after   being
       gong(2)ed, the process will promptly commit suicide.

       The -f keyletter argument indicates that gong is to invoke
       flog(1) with the unmerciful argument if the  process  does
       not  respond  to gong(2)ing.  In the absence of this argu-
       ment, the process is  continuously  gong(2)ed,  which  may
       lead to the process becoming a deaf zombie.

       The  -a  keyletter argument indicates that if all three of
       the panelist  routines  gong(2)  a  process,  the  process
       should  be  unmercifully  flog(1)ged whether or not the -f
       keyletter is supplied.

FILES
       /dev/ding.dong is the standard gong.

SEE ALSO
       On the Applicability of Gonging  to  the  Performance  and
       Merit  Review  Process, Journal of Irreproducible Results,
       vol. 263, issue 19, pp. 253-307.

BUGS
       If the named process does not exist, it is  possible  that
       gong  will attempt an evaluation of itself, which may lead
       to a condition known as  compounded  double  ringing  (see
       echo(1)).   Therefore, it is recommended that gong be used
       with extreme care.









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