How can this 'top' command output make sense? Load over 7 and total CPU use ~5%

Chris Rees utisoft at
Mon May 25 08:49:55 UTC 2009

2009/5/25 Peter Boosten <peter at>:
> Chris Rees wrote:
>> 2009/5/25 Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at>:
>>>>> first - says that it's measure of CPU load
>>>>> then - "or waiting for short-term events such as disk I/O" - which is NOT
>>>>> measure of CPU load.
>>>> Er, what? Of course it is!
>>> amount of disk I/O is a measure of CPU load? seems you are true expert ;)
>> Do you ever think before you type? You regularly fill this mailing
>> list with crap, incorrect advice, and correcting experts on topics
>> that you haven't got a clue on.
>> Just google load average and see for yourself.
>> Remember checking things before making oneself look a fool? Perhaps
>> you used to do that at one time, most other people do.
>> Chris
> I think Wojciech means '...which is NOT measure of CPU _utilization_'
> In that case he's correct: whenever the CPU has to wait a lot for I/O,
> like network and disk, then the _load_ will go up, while the CPU
> _utilization_ stays low.
> Peter

I appreciate that while English may not be people's first language,
and most have excellent skills (including Wojciech, don't get me
wrong) there is still a responsibility to make sure you can be
understood. He has been trying to mock me in my understanding of what
he wrote:

>>> amount of disk I/O is a measure of CPU load? seems you are true expert ;)

If you're going to do this, you should make sure that what you WROTE,
not mean, is correct. Otherwise, misinformation spreads and is saved
in these archives for someone to stumble upon.


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
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