Request for testing - top 3.8b1 in the base system

Thomas Hurst tom.hurst at
Mon Sep 29 12:21:15 UTC 2008

* Edwin Groothuis (edwin at wrote:

> I have made an update for the top(1) utility in the FreeBSD base
> system to get it from the 3.5b12 version to the 3.8b1 version.

Looks good, thanks!

IO mode seems to have changed a bit, giving different values to 3.5, it
seems while 3.5 gives you the count for the sample period, 3.8 always
gives you a per-second rate, e.g. top -mio -s 20:

   44181 freaky       240      0    240      0      0    240  99.74% cat

   44181 freaky       4664      5   4667      0      0   4667 100.00% cat

This might be confusing, since it means values from two different top
-mio's are no longer directly comparable.

3.8 also seems to be lacking IO sorting options; "o vcsw" etc are
missing.  Will they be returning?

Also, the [number] argument given to -m io has no effect:

  top -m io 10

Setting it after loading with "n 10<enter>" causes top to exit.

Thomas 'Freaky' Hurst

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