Using GB instad of GiB in indicator-multiload popup

Bug #1665950 reported by Sergio A Guzmán on 2017-02-19
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
System Load Indicator
Michael Hofmann

Bug Description

The RAM (memory) values presented in indicator popup does not match with the same values in Gnome System Monitor (let's abbreviate it as SM).

This is because indicator-multiload is using GB instead of GiB, values in GiB is more understandable / comprehensible for me.

For example, about memory used, SM shows 7.0 GiB and indicator shows 7.5GB.
The same occurs in total / physical memory, my system has 8 GB of RAM, Ubuntu recognizes about ~7.7 GB and SM represents correctly this value, "free" command too... but indicator shows 8.3 MB. Totally confusing.

Would be great to parameterize that: I like to see GiB-like values but other users like to see GB-like values.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 64bits

summary: - Wrong RAM values in indicator-multiload popup.
+ Using GB instad of GiB in indicator-multiload popup
description: updated
tags: added: units-policy xenial
Michael Hofmann (mh21) wrote :

I've added a size2 function that uses IEC units in trunk, but at the moment, I'm not going to change the default menu entries, as reasoning about anything in base-2 units gets really complicated really fast.

A compiled version can be found at You can then adjust the menu entries yourself.

Hope that helps!

Michael Hofmann (mh21) wrote :

The size2 function will be in the next release, but the default menu entries will not be changed

affects: indicator-multiload (Ubuntu) → indicator-multiload
Changed in indicator-multiload:
assignee: nobody → Michael Hofmann (mh21)
status: New → Fix Committed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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