Excellent Utilities: Ananicy – auto nice daemon

Last Updated on May 22, 2022


When someone describes their computer feeling slow, it’s typically not computers sporting old CPUs. CPU usage is generally not a serious bottleneck, unless you’re doing very intensive computation. GPU is also rarely a bottleneck unless you’re into heavy gaming, or 4K rendering.

So why do you get lag while playing a game and compiling software, or interact with your KDE/GNOME/MATE desktop. Or find Dropbox reduce your system to a crawl? It’s a combination of CPU/GPU/IO/memory and more.

You want a single daemon to fix these problems. Use Ananicy. It works so great, it’s a must-have utility.

Ananicy offers a huge number of ready-to-use rules for many popular applications, and it’s easy to tweak them, or add rules for other programs. Best take an existing rule as a template and tweak it for any programs you run that don’t already have a rule.

For a complete list of the programs and rules, here’s the rules cache (generated with the “ananicy dump rules” command). As you can see, the applications comes with over 220 rules for both open source and proprietary Linux programs. A lot of care and careful thought has gone into defining each application’s settings.

Ananicy is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Website: github.com/Nefelim4ag/Ananicy
Developer: Timofey Titovets and contributors
License: GNU General Public License v3.0

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

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AnanicyShell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities
brootNext gen tree explorer and customizable launcher
CerebroFast application launcher
cheat.shCommunity driven unified cheat sheet
CopyQAdvanced clipboard manager
crocSecurely transfer files and folders from the command-line
DeskreenLive streaming your desktop to a web browser
dufDisk usage utility with more polished presentation than the classic df
exaA turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command
Extension ManagerBrowse, install and manage GNOME Shell Extensions
fdWonderful alternative to the venerable find
fkillKill processes quick and easy
fontpreviewQuickly search and preview fonts
horcruxFile splitter with encryption and redundancy
KoohaSimple screen recorder
KOReaderDocument viewer for a wide variety of file formats
ImagineA simple yet effective image optimization tool
LanguageToolStyle and grammar checker for 30+ languages
Liquid PromptAdaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh
lnavAdvanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting
lsdLike exa, lsd is a turbo-charged alternative to ls
Mark TextSimple and elegant Markdown editor
McFlyNavigate through your bash shell history
mdlessFormatted and highlighted view of Markdown files
notiMonitors a command or process and triggers a notification
NushellFlexible cross-platform shell with a modern feel
nvitopGPU process management for NVIDIA graphics cards
OCRmyPDFAdd OCR text layer to scanned PDFs
Oh My ZshFramework to manage your Zsh configuration
PaperworkDesigned to simplify the management of your paperwork
pastelGenerate, analyze, convert and manipulate colors
PDF Mix ToolPerform common editing operations on PDF files
pecoSimple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful
ripgrepRecursively search directories for a regex pattern
RnoteSketch and take handwritten notes
scrcpyDisplay and control Android devices
StickySimulates the traditional “sticky note” style stationery on your desktop
tldrSimplified and community-driven man pages
tmuxA terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow
TuskAn unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential
UlauncherSublime application launcher
WatsonTrack the time spent on projects
Whoogle SearchSelf-hosted and privacy-focused metasearch engine
ZellijTerminal workspace with batteries included
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