(jargon) A term used to describe programs, hardware or people that use more than their share of a system's resources, especially those which noticeably degrade interactive response.The term is usually qualified, e.g. "memory hog", "core hog", "hog the processor", "hog the disk". E.g. "A controller that never gives up the I/O bus gets killed after the bus-hog timer expires." User also hog resources, particularly disk, where it seems that 10% of the people use 90% of the disk, no matter how big the disk is or how many people use it. Once a disk hog fills up one file system, he typically finds a new one to consume, claiming to the sysadmin that they have an important new project to complete.
Last updated: 2014-08-16