Load

Matthew Walker mwalker at kydance.net
Tue Sep 30 16:55:11 MDT 2008


On Tue, September 30, 2008 4:43 pm, Andrew Jorgensen wrote:
> Okay folks, I'm going out on a limb and admitting to some ignorance
> here.  Suppose I have a high load average on a server, let's say 20,
> how do I tell what's really going on?  I understand that load means
> that there are processes waiting for some resource but how do I see
> what resources they are waiting for?  We don't want to go buy more RAM
> and then find out that we had plenty of RAM, for instance.
>

The most likely culprit is CPU time. Easiest way to check this is to run top, and see
how many processes are sharing the CPU.

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Matthew Walker
Kydance Hosting & Consulting
LAMP & MU* Specialist



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