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python-prctl -- Control process attributes through prctl

The linux prctl function allows you to control specific characteristics of a
process' behaviour. Usage of the function is fairly messy though, due to
limitations in C and linux. This module provides a nice non-messy python(ic)

Besides prctl, this library also wraps libcap for complete capability handling
and allows you to set the process name as seen in ps and top.

See docs/index.rst for the documentation. An HTML version can be found on

Quick install instructions
Before installing python-prctl, you need GCC, libc headers and libcap headers.
On Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential libcap-dev

On fedora:

$ sudo yum install gcc glibc-devel libcap-devel

Stable version:

$ sudo easy_install python-prctl

Latest code:

$ git clone
$ cd python-prctl
$ python build
$ sudo python install