System Cpu Between 50-70% and need to find out why

Paul bsdlist at
Sun Apr 22 23:40:30 UTC 2007

>Uh you had the right idea but forgot to paste the relevant bits ;-)
>top *is* the tool for working out what processes are using your CPU.
>Although your high load average suggests that your system is just
>heavily loaded and it is expected that it will be using 100% CPU.

Dear Kris,

Thanks for your e-mail.

The odd thing is that I just switched from an old 4.12 box with dual 
xeon (only 2 processors) with 4 gb of ram to the 6.2 with the extra 
ram and dual core dual zeons (technically twice the cpus:) and 4* the ram....

This one is dying and the other older "so called slower" system works 
much better with as close to the same configuration as I can make it.

I have to assume something is wrong here but I will keep digging as 
this is not even workable.

The system cpu is still high if I get rid of the memory drive and 
have it save on the disks. It takes a lifetime to build a kernel now...

Any way I can view what is made up of the 50-70% system cpu to be 
able to pinpoint the bottleneck?

I have tried to trim down the ipfw rules to see if this was the 
culprit but this does not seem to be making a difference so far.



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