Re: Load avgs and cpu idles

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Fri Aug 04 2000 - 16:41:31 EST

On Fri, 4 Aug 2000, Russell King wrote:

> I'm not sure if this has already been covered,

I'm sure this has been discussed in the days of SYSV unix ;)

> I have a uniprocessor machine here which is reporting a load
> average of 1.6 while running a single copy of diff on two kernel
> trees, one of which is located over NFS.
> Surely if I'm running at a load avg > 1, I should be seeing close to
> 0% CPU idle?

Tasks waiting on IO (in blocked (D) state) are also counted
for the load average.



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