CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz (2793.01-MHz K8-class CPU) 0% idle?

Lars Tunkrans lars.tunkrans at bredband.net
Sat Jan 8 14:11:42 PST 2005

Steve Clement wrote:

> Indeed, I was running a GENERIC Kernel and it lacked SMP support, now
> all is compiled in and I have a new phenomenon.
> I am seeing idle variations from 0% up to 50% in a rather cyclical way.
> HOW can I see what program causes this, top isn't much help but:

No you dont !

   It is the System load that varies !  The Idle count is just a representation
   of unused capacity.

   Try running  systat(1) in a Terminalshell.
   It will give you a crude curses based live  representation of which
    proceses are generating load on the machine.
   Its crude "graphics"  can be easier to visualise than the numbers in top(1).


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