gong - evaluate process performance
gong [-f] [-a] process-id
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.
/dev/ding.dong is the standard gong.
On the Applicability of Gonging to the Performance and
Merit Review Process, Journal of Irreproducible Results,
vol. 263, issue 19, pp. 253-307.
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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