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[ale] Mysterious load average

The load average counts processes that are backlogged in the queue, but
doesn't make any accounting for whether they are "light and fluffy" or
involve heavy lifting.  It also doesn't really account, at times, for
processes that are waiting for something (may be IO bound).

On Tue, 15 May 2001, Chris Fowler wrote:

> Hello,
> When I 'cat /proc/loadavg' , I get numbers such as 4.00 3.99 3.98.  This
> seems somewhat high.  If I run top, my processor averages 99% free.  My
> system basically does nothing.  Why for the high load average?
> Thanks,
> Chris

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