See how many % of your memory firefox is using

ps -o %mem= -C firefox-bin | sed -s 's/\..*/%/'

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2009-03-06 21:09:26

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What Others Think

Be careful with traditional tools for accounting memory as they tend not to take shared memory into account. Have a look at this util to determine the RAM usage of programs: http://www.pixelbeat.org/scripts/ps_mem.py
pixelbeat · 485 weeks and 2 days ago
Voting it up mainly for the ps_mem.py tool mentioned above. Recommended.
bhepple · 447 weeks and 5 days ago

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