Load

Michael Torrie torriem at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 17:10:45 MDT 2008


Kyle Waters wrote:
> 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.
>>
>>   
> Now you've got me wondering.  How do I check 'load'.

uptime

top

Usually you see 3 numbers, as they are moving averages over different
amounts of time.  Something like 1 minute, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, etc.



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