man page of `free` uses the term "kilobytes" when it means "kibibytes"

Bug #1165413 reported by David D Lowe on 2013-04-06
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
procps (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The man page says:

-k, --kilo
              Display the amount of memory in kilobytes. This is the default.

However, it should say:

-k, --kilo
              Display the amount of memory in kibibytes. This is the default.

This will make the man page comply with Ubuntu's unit policy.

The bug is only in the contents of the man page, not in the behaviour of the `free` command.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.10
Package: procps 1:3.3.3-2ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.5.0-26.42-generic
Uname: Linux 3.5.0-26-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.6.1-0ubuntu10
Architecture: i386
Date: Sat Apr 6 15:27:12 2013
MarkForUpload: True
SourcePackage: procps
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to quantal on 2012-10-18 (169 days ago)

David D Lowe (flimm) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in procps (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Mihai Capotă (mihaic) wrote :

The man page also contradicts the man page of top, which is also part of the procps package, and correctly refers to the unit as "kibibyte".

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