Bug#729: Bizarre corrupted output from top)
I have been unable to reproduce this bug with the latest procps package.
Since it appears to happen at random times, I am not sure it is not still
there. If someone notices it please let me know. Otherwise I will close
this bug report in ten days or so.
Excerpt from the original report:
Here is an example of some bogus output from top. Notice the second
line, which is completely mangled, and also the pieces of leftover
command pasted onto the ends of other commands nearer the bottom of
the list. The leftover command pieces aren't there to begin with, and
appear as the top continues to run - I suspect some kind of
uninitialised memory problem. I don't think it's just a display
update anomaly, as the pieces of extra text seem to move with the
My kernel is a home-grown 1.2.0 (compiled using GCC 2.5.8).
52 processes: 49 sleeping, 1 running, 2 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU states: 5.8% user, 17.5% system, 0.0% nice, 77.4% idle
Mem: 6688K av, 6360K used, 328K free, 2020K shrd, 2000K buff
Swap: 33784K av, 15848K used, 17936K free
PID USER PRI NI SIZE RES SHRD STAT %CPU %MEM TIME COMMAND
22302 news 6 0 331 340 416 S 8.5 5.0 1:26 sh
4089193 #16513391 1 0 34 0 0 Z 7.3 0.0 0:01 (cat)up)
31203 ian 21 0 122 244 292 R 2.7 3.6 2:24 top