System load never <0.10 on 1.3.82+

Nuno Serrenho (
Mon, 8 Apr 1996 13:46:16 -0400 (EDT)

Since upgrading to 1.3.82 (then .83 and now .84) I've been having a strange
problem. I just joined the list so I don't know if this is an isolated case
or if it has already been reported, so bear with me...

Anyways, the problem is that ever since I upgraded to 1.3.8? (from 1.3.71),
my system load has never dropped below 0.10. You're probably saying that
that's pretty low, but I'm pretty much the only who uses my Linux box, and
when there's ABSOLUTELY no activity on it for 6 to 8 hours, I expect to get
0.00 sysload readings (I did with <1.3.82).

Whatever is causing the load does it in 'spikes'. Using xload, I saw that,
the cycle repeats about every minute or so. The load spikes up to about
0.20, then starts dropping, slowly, gets to around 0.10 and the next spike
occurs. There aren't any cron jobs running (I even took out 'atrun' to see
if that was causing it), no network activity, nothing that could possibly be
causing this.

The only other things I installed at the same time as the 1.3.82 kernel was
kerneld, but I've tried killing it and the same thing happens.

Any help, suggestions, whatever, would be appreciated.

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