Strange top(1) output

Jonathan Noack noackjr at
Thu May 12 08:15:13 PDT 2005

On 5/12/2005 9:58 AM, Matthias Buelow wrote:
> Jonathan Noack wrote:
>>What happens if the command is long enough to overrun the screen?  Is
>>the thread information truncated and lost?  I believe this was the
>>argument for making a separate column for the thread info.
> How about leaving either SIZE or RES out, the one which makes less sense
> for typical use (probably SIZE which, afaik, is quite pointless in the
> presence of an overcomitting memory allocator, and the curious user
> could consult ps if he's really interested in that).

I think you will have a very hard time removing anything from top 
because someone will always pipe up and say, "I've been using 
<random_option> since the days when computers were measured in 
MILLIhertz... *shaking fist*"  Why not add an option to switch between 
SIZE and RES?  Perhaps 'M'?

Also, why aren't the interactive options sorted in the man page: h, q, 
d, m, n, s, S, k, r, u, o, e, i, t.  Man pages are supposed to be *more* 
organized than my brain...

Jonathan Noack | noackjr at | OpenPGP: 0x991D8195
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