load > 1, no process using >10% CPU...?

Damian Gerow dgerow at afflictions.org
Tue Apr 19 19:26:06 PDT 2005

Thus spake Dan Nelson (dnelson at allantgroup.com) [19/04/05 22:13]:
: > It turned out to be a runaway xmms process.  But I still find it
: > strange that it didn't show anything obvious in top.
: If xmms is threaded, you probably got bit by the "libpthread doesn't do
: process CPU accounting" bug.  Most threaded processes will just show up
: as 0 %CPU in top, no matter what they're doing.  The rusage stats are
: handled correctly, though, so look for processes whose TIME value is
: increasing at one (or more if you're SMP) seconds per second.

That would be it, thanks.

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