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I am running a ps command on solaris to get SZ and RSS values, here is the sample output



If you see this outpuit, for PID 6589, SZ is '?' and RSS is 'S' what exactly this indicates?

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To me, it looks like this:

SZ      RSS
0       0
3912    3344
59856   21000

The question marks indicate that the process is not attached to a terminal. The "S" indicates that the process is in the Sleep state. The "O" indicates that the process is running.

Why is your ps output formatted that way?

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I have formatted that way because numbers overlapping, for example %MEM is value is big coming under SZ.. For line 3, I read SZ as '?' and RSS as 'S'. I think 0.15985621000 is belongs to %MEM. If you see hypens(-) carefully you will see this difference. – goutham Jul 7 '10 at 0:26
@goutham: I disagree. I think your fields are getting truncated and are being "overlapped" somehow. – Dennis Williamson Jul 7 '10 at 4:27
I think you are right. Is there anyway I can get SZ and RSS values without overlapping? I am running command "/usr/ucb/ps auxww" – goutham Jul 7 '10 at 18:21
@goutham: When I run /usr/ucb/ps auxwww on Solaris 5.10, I get nice, clean columns without overlapping. You must be doing something that causes the overlapping and puts those hyphens where there should be multiple spaces. What is the complete command you're using or how have you got your environment set up that might cause this? – Dennis Williamson Jul 7 '10 at 21:37

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