load averages

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at student.uu.se
Sun Apr 20 09:36:04 PDT 2003

On Sun, Apr 20, 2003 at 09:28:45AM -0700, Paulo Roberto wrote:
> Hello,
> Is the "load averages" field in uptime/top in percentage?? I am getting
> values above 1.00 (+100%):
> > load averages: 1.51, 1.31, 1.20

The "load" is the number of processes that want to use the CPU at any
given moment.  The numbers shown by uptime/top are the average of the
load over the last 1/5/15 minutes.  No percentages invloved.

If you have several programs running at the same time it is perfectly
normal to have a load average greater than 1.0.

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Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at student.uu.se

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