top command shows incorrect memory usage

Bug #997121 reported by Sojin on 2012-05-09
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
procps (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The 'used' memory it shows differs from what is real. It differs vastly from what is being shown by 'htop' or System Monitor.
Please see the attached screen shot for more details.
top shows 'used' memory as 7.9 GB, while 'htop' and System Monitor shows it only 1.1 GB.

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tags: added: bot-comment
Sojin (sojin-v) on 2012-05-10
affects: ubuntu → procps (Ubuntu)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in procps (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Mohan (s-mohaan) wrote :

I have the same bug reproduced on my machine. details below.

among top, htop and system monitor, the results shown by system monitor seems to be the correct in my case

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 13.10
Release: 13.10
Codename: saucy

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