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.

Matthew Walker
Kydance Hosting & Consulting
LAMP & MU* Specialist

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