Re: unexplained high load

Hacksaw (
Wed, 10 Jan 2001 15:58:16 -0500

> Could someone maybe explain this ?
> (top output, but same load is given with 'uptime')
> there is no cpu or disk activity
> kernel is 2.2.18pre9 on sun ultra10-300 (ultrasparc IIi)
> 9:25pm up 112 days, 1:52, 1 user, load average: 1.24, 1.05, 1.02
> 91 processes: 90 sleeping, 1 running, 0 zombie, 0 stopped
> CPU states: 2.5% user, 2.3% system, 0.0% nice, 95.1% idle
> Mem: 515144K av, 506752K used, 8392K free, 73464K shrd, 58472K buff
> Swap: 131528K av, 15968K used, 115560K free 358904K cached

You have no processes??? My gosh, that is a problem. :-)

The load average is how many processes are runnable, therefore you have
runnable processes.

If you have Netscape or Mozilla running on your box, it may be in a
permanently runnable state.

Another amusing possibility is that you have a hacked box, and top is
reporting the stupid IRC bot that is running, but not showing you the actuall
process, because it too is hacked.

Replace ps and top, and have a look. Don't believe ls, either.

If none of these things are true, you might have another problem.

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