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    Question TOP load average meaning

    Hi,

    I was struggling to find the information so I thought it would be easier to ask here.

    What does the load average as reported by top mean ? To me those are 3 mysterious values, which most likely refer to some average CPU usage and this is all I know about it (not sure if it's true).

    What is the maximum value for this parameter (I guess the minimum is 0.00) and what does it mean ?

    Best regards,
    Greg
    Best regards,
    Greg

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    Default Re: TOP load average meaning

    On 07/12/2011 12:36 PM, glistwan wrote:
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    > What does the load average as reported by top mean ?


    is that not in either 'info top' or 'man top' ?

    or maybe in one of these:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=linux+top+load+average

    i think it is, but i'm in a bit of a hurry just now, i'll look later for
    you..

    or you might look for yourself...and find it faster than i might..

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    Default Re: TOP load average meaning

    DenverD wrote:
    > On 07/12/2011 12:36 PM, glistwan wrote:
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    >> What does the load average as reported by top mean ?

    >
    > is that not in either 'info top' or 'man top' ?
    >
    > or maybe in one of these:
    > http://www.google.com/search?q=linux+top+load+average


    This hit seems pretty good:

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/9001

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    Default Re: TOP load average meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 07/12/2011 12:36 PM, glistwan wrote:
    >
    > What does the load average as reported by top mean ?


    is that not in either 'info top' or 'man top' ?

    or maybe in one of these:
    linux top load average - Google Search

    i think it is, but i'm in a bit of a hurry just now, i'll look later for
    you..

    or you might look for yourself...and find it faster than i might..

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    I was looking in the man but could not find it. This link describes it nicely to my mind so thanks alot
    Examining Load Average | Linux Journal

    Best regards,
    Greg
    Best regards,
    Greg

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    Default Re: TOP load average meaning

    On 07/12/2011 01:36 PM, glistwan wrote:
    > I was looking in the man but could not find it.


    right...sometimes you get more out of 'info' than 'man', sometimes a LOT
    more..

    and, of course i guess google knows _everything_ (that article had more
    than i wanted to learn)

    dd

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    Default Re: TOP load average meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 07/12/2011 01:36 PM, glistwan wrote:
    > I was looking in the man but could not find it.


    right...sometimes you get more out of 'info' than 'man', sometimes a LOT
    more..

    and, of course i guess google knows _everything_ (that article had more
    than i wanted to learn)

    dd

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    Yep. I was trying google before as well but I guess wasn't searching for the right phrases so thanks again.

    Best regards,
    Greg
    Best regards,
    Greg

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