Andrew Andrew - 7 months ago 17
Java Question

Start a java process (using Runtime.exec / ProcessBuilder.start) with low priority?

I'm trying to start an external process via java using the ProcessBuilder class, and that much works. Currently running using the command:

new ProcessBuilder("java", "-jar", jarfile, args);


What I would like to do is just this, but to start the process with low priority. My program is currently only running on windows, so a window-specific solution is fine by me. Some research suggests I use the "start" command, but when I try doing this from java it gives an exception saying it is an unrecognized command (the same command works from cmd.exe).

Does anyone know how to launch a process from java (windows-specific if need be), with belownormal priority?

Answer

Use start command. It is windows dependent but does what you need. I have read there is no cross platform way for this.

ProcessBuilder pb = new ProcessBuilder("cmd", "/C start /B /belownormal javaws -version");
System.out.println("Before start");
Process start = pb.start();

It is even possible to read Input end Error streams.

To wait:

ProcessBuilder pb = new ProcessBuilder("cmd", "/C start /B /belownormal /WAIT javaws -sdasd");
System.out.println("Before start");
Process start = pb.start();
start.waitFor();
System.out.println("Done");

For premature destroy:

ProcessBuilder pb = new ProcessBuilder("cmd", "/C start /B /belownormal /WAIT javaws -sdasd");
System.out.println("Before start");
Process start = pb.start();
start.destroy();
start.waitFor();

System.out.println("Done");
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