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

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Mon May 25 19:35:03 UTC 2009

> Not true.  top(1) can fully utilize the CPU.  Doing so does not put
> the system under full load.

top uses small percentage of CPU power. if it would use all - it WOULD 
mean full CPU load.

>> load average is how much processes (by average) is not doing calculations
>> because something is not yet available and depends of computer resources(*)
>> - like CPU time, disk I/O results etc..
>> (*) - for example waiting on tty read is not calculated to load average as
>> it's depends on human not computer.
> What?
exactly what i wrote. reread if you don't understand.

anyway i'm quitting this discussion as it's obvious for most people that 
can read what i mean and what CPU load/utilization mean.

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