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    Lightbulb Load average

    i have a problem with the load average on server,
    I'm using on server
    When I check the processor - with "top" command
    I see that :

    top - 04:27:37 up 39 min, 1 user, load average: 0.78, 0.77, 0.77
    Tasks: 190 total, 1 running, 188 sleeping, 0 stopped, 1 zombie
    Cpu(s): 0.3%us, 0.1%sy, 0.0%ni, 99.6%id, 0.0%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
    Mem: 7136868k total, 1504092k used, 5632776k free, 52552k buffers
    Swap: 0k total, 0k used, 0k free, 602524k cached
    it's the same all the time..
    cpu not working but load average is high!
    Where load average was taken?


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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    You are mis-interpreting the output. The 99.6%id, means that 99% of the time the CPU is idle. The idle process is just there to use up CPU cycles that are not being utilized by any other process. The load average of 0.78/0.77/0.77 means that the system is only using about 3/4 of 1% of the system capabilities. So no, your load average is NOT high. It is basically twiddling its thumbs and asking for you to give it something to do before it dies of boredom!
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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