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Old 02-28-2008, 08:37 AM   #1
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How system calculates "Load average"?

Hello all!
I'm wondering how system calculates the load average showed in "top" or "uptime".
I often hear that a load average greater than 5 is really overloaded, but I've seen system running with values higher than 10 and even running nice...
I didn't find the way that value is calculated in top nor uptime manpages.

Thanks in advance,
Old 02-28-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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Here is some detailed explanation
Old 02-29-2008, 08:48 AM   #3
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Ingerul, thanks for the link. That article from linuxjournal is very good!


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