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Personal Responsibility on SDF's Multi-User Environment

As SDF's mission is to support the advancement of public education, cultural enrichment, scientific research and recreation, you are encouraged to be creative and bold in your use of the numerous resources available with your membership level. While you are getting to work on projects, just please keep an eye on your resource usage so that you do not adversely impact the enjoyment of this system by others. Bugs in your code or other errors can devour the CPU from time to time, and mistakes like these are part of the learning process, but conscious overuse of system resources will likely get your processes killed and, possibly, your account locked. Luckily you have your fellow users to alert you if you're accidentally exceeding a fair share of system resources.

The 'top' command is a great tool if you want to see what is causing system sluggishness, or if you just want to monitor your own system resource usage. A quick web search for "unix process monitoring tools" will give you a host of other tools as well.

If you observe system use that is bringing the system to its knees, please reach out to the user to let them know. Email is an obvious way to contact them, or try checking their SDF web or gopher site for other contact information. If that fails, make a post on bboard describing the problem and others may be able to help.

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