Throttling network usage of generic programs?
I'm wondering if anyone knows a good way of throttling generic programs that send data over the network. For example, I want to transfer a large amount of data and and it may even run for days, but I can't have it chew up the whole network pipe as this will cause problems for other servers and things that must have enough bandwidth. If I upload a huge amount of data, I don't suddently want all services that use that same pipe to time out.
Ideally I am looking for something like
that I can use from the command line to enforce usage restrictions on things that may not have them built into them.
throttle program-name --options
There are programs like netlimiter for windows that can throttle any arbitrary program's network usage both upload and download separately but I don't know of anything similar for linux.