interpreting `top` output ... ?

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Thu May 8 13:24:40 PDT 2003

In the last episode (May 08), Josh Brooks said:
> I have a few questions about the output of `top`.  First off, the
> TIME column...does that represent the amount of real world time that
> the application has been running for ?
> I am guessing it does not, because sometimes I watch `top` and it
> does not increment second by if it does not, what does it
> stand for ?

TIME is in CPU-seconds, so a process using 50% CPU will increment TIME
at about 1/2 wall-clock time.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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