[lkml]   [2000]   [Oct]   [15]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
Subject/proc/loadavg on 2.2.x
I have a program that reads and prints /proc/loadavg once per second
(look below). Note that the file is reopened for each read operation.
I'm mainly interested in the fourth value, i.e., the number of processes
in the run queue. Its initial value is one. After starting a cpu-intensive
background process, the value should go up to two, however, the value
actually becomes four. When the background process is terminated, the
value won't go down to one, either, it stays at three. When the monitoring
program is restarted, the correct value is displayed; the same applies for
'cat /proc/loadavg'. In summary, the strange behavior is observed only for
processes opening and reading /proc/loadavg multiple times.

The behavior occurs on stock 2.2.x kernels; on Redhat 2.2.16-22, the
value printed while the background process is running toggles between
two and four, when the background process is terminated, it toggles
between one and three. 2.0.36 behaves as expected.

- Urs

#include <stdio.h>
#include <unistd.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <sys/time.h>
#include <fcntl.h>

#define LINUX_LDAV_FILE "/proc/loadavg"

int main()
FILE *file;
int count;
char ldavgbuf[41];

while(1) {
file = fopen (LINUX_LDAV_FILE, "r");
if (!(file))
return -1;
memset(ldavgbuf, 0, 41);
count = fread (ldavgbuf, 1, 40, file);
(void) fclose (file);
if (count <= 0)
return -1;
fprintf(stderr,"%s\n", ldavgbuf);
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
Please read the FAQ at

 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 12:41    [W:0.015 / U:0.552 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site