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Riesz space; $\sigma$-property; bounding number; $P$-space; paracompact; locally compact
The $\sigma$-property of a Riesz space (real vector lattice) $B$ is: For each sequence $\{b_{n}\}$ of positive elements of $B$, there is a sequence $\{\lambda_{n}\}$ of positive reals, and $b\in B$, with $\lambda_{n}b_{n}\leq b$ for each $n$. This condition is involved in studies in Riesz spaces of abstract Egoroff-type theorems, and of the countable lifting property. Here, we examine when ``$\sigma$'' obtains for a Riesz space of continuous real-valued functions $C(X)$. A basic result is: For discrete $X$, $C(X)$ has $\sigma$ iff the cardinal $|X|< \mathfrak{b}$, Rothberger's bounding number. Consequences and generalizations use the Lindelöf number $L(X)$: For a $P$-space $X$, if $L(X)\leq \mathfrak{b}$, then $C(X)$ has $\sigma$. For paracompact $X$, if $C(X)$ has $\sigma$, then $L(X)\leq \mathfrak{b}$, and conversely if $X$ is also locally compact. For metrizable $X$, if $C(X)$ has $\sigma$, then $X$ \textit{is} locally compact.
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