[clug-talk] understanding top output

smagnuson at forzani.com smagnuson at forzani.com
Thu Nov 18 16:08:13 PST 2004


The following links seem to explain it in more detail.

http://www.teamquest.com/resources/gunther/ldavg1.shtml
http://www.teamquest.com/resources/gunther/ldavg2.shtml
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/admin-primer/s1-bandwidth-rhlspec.html

It mentions 3 as a high load.  Our system seems to be running fine even when it is at 12.




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Subject: [clug-talk] understanding top output



> Does anyone here know where to find a detailed description of the "load average" field in top?  What is used to determine these numbers?  This is all I have found so far:
> 
> ...system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15  minutes
> 
> IE:
> :top
> top - 14:38:06 up 1 day,  5:35,  5 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00
> ...
> ...
> 
> :top
>  15:40:18  up 60 days,  9:59,  6 users,  load average: 10.97, 10.44, 10.67
> ...
> ...
> 
> 
> you can also see it in 
> w
> uptime
> 
> thanks
> sig
> 
> 

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