= H =
1. Favored term to describe programs or
hardware that seem to eat far more than their share of a system's
resources, esp. those which noticeably degrade interactive
response. Not used of programs that are simply extremely
large or complex or that are merely painfully slow themselves.
More often than not encountered in qualified forms, e.g., `memory
hog', `core hog', `hog the processor', `hog the disk'. "A
controller that never gives up the I/O bus gets killed after the
bus-hog timer expires." 2. Also said of people who use
more than their fair share of 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). Of course, once disk
hogs fill up one filesystem, they typically find some other new one
to infect, claiming to the sysadmin that they have an important new
project to complete.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.