[LAU] Trouble Setting Realtime Priorities with set_rlimits

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Date: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 6:57 pm

I'm having a problem getting realtime priorities working, and I'm wondering
if anyone has any suggestions. I'm running Slackware, which doesn't use
PAM, so I'm starting everything with the set_rlimits command. I thought I
had it working once, but the next time I booted the system, I couldn't get
it working again, and I'm not sure what has changed in the meantime. I'm
still in the process of compiling and installing things, so I might have
changed something, but I'm not sure what. Here's what I have in the
/etc/set_rlimits.conf file for jackd and qjackctl, for example:

@audio /usr/bin/jackd nice=40 rtprio=70 memlock=262144
@audio /usr/bin/qjackctl nice=40 rtprio=70 memlock=524288

After starting qjackctl, which in turn starts jackd, checking my realtime
priorities shows this:

chuck@lambda:~% ps -eo pid,rtprio,cls,cmd | grep jack
16524 - TS /usr/bin/qjackctl -p HDA
16531 - TS /usr/bin/jackd -v -P70 -t2000 -dalsa -dhw:Intel -r48000 -p1024 -n2 -Xseq -i2 -o2 -I1 -O1
30333 - TS grep jack

This is with the laptop's internal sound card, but I get the same results
with my RME Multiface (except that the -d, -i, and -o options to jackd are
different, of course). I can change the realtime priority with chrt,
but I shouldn't have to. That should be taken care of by set_rlimits.

As an experiment, I added this to the configuration file:

@audio /bin/zsh nice=40 rtprio=99 memlock=5000000

I then get the following results with zsh (I also tried with bash, with
the same results, but a slightly different output format):

chuck@lambda:~% ulimit -erl
-l: locked-in-memory size (kb) 64
-e: max nice 0
-r: max rt priority 0
chuck@lambda:~% set_rlimits zsh -i
chuck@lambda:~% ulimit -erl
-l: locked-in-memory size (kb) 5000000
-e: max nice 40
-r: max rt priority 99
chuck@lambda:~% ps -eo pid,rtprio,cls,cmd | grep 'zsh -i'
30359 - TS /bin/zsh -i
30367 - TS grep zsh -i

It looks like set_rlimits is working until I look at the realtime priority
with ps. What am I doing wrong? I might add that the priorities being
set for the IRQs by rtirq are being set correctly, but of course rtirq
uses chrt. All this is with a realtime kernel, of course:

chuck@lambda:~% uname -srv
Linux 3.0.1-rt11 #1 SMP PREEMPT RT Wed Aug 24 05:48:12 EDT 2011

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