Load Average Fun

<TECHNICAL>Only those of you who manage UNIX servers will appreciate this: our Boston-based server hit a one-minute load average of 196 this afternoon and lived to tell the tale. This has gotta be some sort of record, doesn’t it?</TECHNICAL>


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Kevin O on October 17, 2002 - 12:51 Permalink

Didn’t we get one somewhere in that range once ourselves back when working in a boiler room felt like ‘high tech’? What amazes me is when the load average goes over 5 it’s hard to get a screen prompt. How did you get the machine to report the load average; a very long wait?