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KnowledgeBase 00021: Managing User Numbers
How User Numbers Are Allocated
By default, user numbers cycle around from 1 to 1023, each new process being allocated the next available user number in rotation. The upper limit of this cycle will increase for licences that permit more than 1023 processes.
This cyclic user number allocation was chosen so that log files, etc that are generated using the user number as part of their name do not promptly get overwritten by a new process. It also makes it easier to see if a process is still running.
It is recommended that applications should not assume anything about how user numbers work.
Controlling User Numbers
Because some users want control over allocation user numbers, there are four configuration parameters that affect this mechanism...
Only one process can run as any user number at one time. Attempts to use any of the above mechanisms to start process with a user number that is already in use will fail.