interpreting uptime output
gandalf at designaproduct.biz
Thu Mar 29 18:00:33 UTC 2007
From the manual:
> uptime -- show how long system has been running
> The uptime utility displays the current time, the length of time
> the sys-
> tem has been up, the number of users, and the load average of the
> over the last 1, 5, and 15 minutes.
This is great, except that it does not tell me what "0.5" means? Example:
1:41PM up 5 days, 2:22, 4 users, load averages: 0.36, 0.42, 0.51
The only referenced material in the man page is w(1) which tells this:
> The load average numbers give the number of jobs in the run queue
averaged over 1, 5 and 15 minutes.
What are those "jobs"? I guess they are not processes. What is that "run
queue"? Which is better, the lower or the higher number?
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