Top not showing cpu usage even remotely accurately
keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Thu Aug 10 05:52:52 UTC 2006
On 2006-08-10 00:45, "Tamouh H." <hakmi at rogers.com> wrote:
> > But since running 5.x (5.5-STABLE since 1st Aug) top can show
> > 0.0% idle but the cpu usages shown don't add up to much of a
> > fraction of 100%.
In recent 6.X versions, you can use 'S' to show system threads too.
For an even more fine-grained view, you can use 'H' to show each
Then there is also the 'CPU' mode (as opposed to the default 'WCPU'
mode of top).
> I've the same issue with FBSD 5.4 and TOP. In fact, the load
> averages are so irrelevant now that I barely pay attention to
> them. The server goes to 4 or 6 load averages without slowing down,
> and other times the load average would be 0.8 and the server is
> running slow.
Probably because the work it does at the moment is not CPU-bounded?
> An example of unmatching TOP:
> last pid: 17889; load averages: 0.60, 0.52, 0.50 up 3+17:22:33 00:41:45
> 186 processes: 2 running, 183 sleeping, 1 lock
> CPU states: 30.0% user, 0.0% nice, 1.7% system, 0.1% interrupt, 68.3% idle
> Mem: 1678M Active, 1110M Inact, 287M Wired, 87M Cache, 112M Buf, 103M Free
> Swap: 8762M Total, 1584K Used, 8760M Free
> PID USERNAME PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE C TIME WCPU CPU COMMAND
> 5071 nobody 101 0 43124K 35180K CPU2 2 0:07 14.89% 14.89% httpd
> 14409 nobody 4 0 43940K 36076K sbwait 0 0:01 1.22% 1.22% httpd
> 95515 nobody 4 0 39892K 32188K sbwait 1 0:08 0.29% 0.29% httpd
Try hitting 'S'. Perhaps the system spends too much time in system
threads (i.e. the "syncer") :)
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