CPU usage 100% but no process hogging CPU

Kris Kennaway kris at FreeBSD.org
Sun Oct 28 06:38:34 PDT 2007

Gunther Mayer wrote:
> Kris Kennaway wrote:
>> Gunther Mayer wrote:
>>> I don't see why my javavm, apache, postgres and/or radiusd would 
>>> spawn such short lived processes. Come to think of it, I know radius 
>>> might be doing just that, but how the heck would I go about finding 
>>> out? top -H brings me no closer...
>> Either increase the sample resolution or rule out other programs as 
>> the cause.
> Increasing sample resolution just increases the CPU usage of top itself 
> but gives no more information about the real culprits :-(
> But I managed to solve my problem by reverting to and upgrading my SMP 
> kernel. The system's back now with 15 minute load averages around 0.05 
> which is where it should be.

Oh, you were going by the load average?  That is not a measure of system 
performance, it only shows how many processes are running.

Anyway, glad you resolved it to your satisfaction.


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