Subject: Re: unusually high loads
To: Erik Huizing <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/11/2001 14:34:54
On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 10:18:02PM -0700, Erik Huizing wrote:
> I just noticed the load on my machine is unusually high. The wierd thing
> is that its not doing anything. Top says this:
> load averages:  2.11,  2.13,  2.09				22:12:51
> 28 processes:  1 running, 27 sleeping
> CPU states:  0.3% user,  0.0% nice,  0.0% system,  0.0% interrupt,  100% idle
> Memory: 9584K Act, 2124K Inact, 248K Wired, 42M Free, 4K Swap, 64M Swap free
> Looking over the %CPU from ps -ef says everything is pretty 0.0%. Same
> thing from top when I sort by CPU. The system doesn't seem sluggish
> either. 
> So why is the load so high?

Maybe you have a process or two which wakes up very often but for a very short
period of time. So it increases the load but uses almost no CPU.

Some programs polling for events (like battery status bars) can do this.

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.