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    SubjectRe: [offtopic?] process cpu load % wrong?
    On Thu, 16 Oct 1997, Ingo Molnar wrote:

    >if you have IDE disks, PIO mode, then this is natural. Always the current

    My disk should be in multiword mode2 busmaster dma mode. But, the main
    source of extra load seems to be dosemu. I guess DOS-programs cause a LOT
    of exceptions which are interpreted by dosemu (like reading and writing
    device i/o ports)

    >process handles interrupts, no matter who requested that interrupt. It
    >will be accounted to the handling process. So if you have a process that
    >since interrupts cannot easily be 'personalized' (externally triggered
    >interrupts have no 'owners', and there are interrupts that have many
    >'owners', etc.), there is no easy 'solution'.

    Couldn't an interrupt, which is caused by an unknown process, be added eg.
    init-process load, or not added to any process load?

    It is severely misleading when they are added to a random process load: the
    percent numbers displayed by eg. top are correct only by luck. They may as
    well be wrong.

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