Re: [SLUG] SIZE vs RSS in top(1)

From: Eben King (
Date: Sun Sep 14 2003 - 19:18:54 EDT

On Sun, 14 Sep 2003, btt wrote:

> What is the difference between the SIZE and the RSS of a process? I've
> read the man page for top(1), but would really like to hear an
> in-depth, technical explanation.

RSS=Resident Shared Size. It has something to do with shared libraries
and the fact that their memory is added to the SIZEs of several processes
(I think). Sorry I couldn't be more vague.

-eben    ebQenW1@EtaRmpTabYayU.rIr.OcoPm
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