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Subjectstress testing and loadavg

What loadavg can a guy reasonably expect his system to handle? I keep
pushing until it either turns into a paperweight or goes ballistic..
where should I draw the line?


I ran 2 make -j's, and the load peaked at 38. That didn't seem to be very
high, so I fired up X and started running Xboard in 2 machine mode. After
starting 3 of these, one of the makes died (vfork: out of memory). I killed
the survivor, and started 4 more Xboards. This sent the machine into no-blink
swapping (load only 14). The system became so slooooow that it took minutes
for keystrokes to appear.


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