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SubjectRe: sendmail fails to deliver mail with attachments in /var/spool/mqueue
H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> Followup to: <>
> By author: Claus Assmann <>
> In newsgroup:
> >
> > Why does Linux report a LA of 10 if there are only two processes
> > running?
> >
> Load Average = runnable processes (R) + processes in disk wait (D).

Keep in mind that on some operating systems, sometimes processes
become STUCK in "short disk wait". That may mean that if you just
discard those processes (they won't do any useful work until you
reboot the system), you will see the load average one point higher
than what should be expected.

This is almost always a bug somewhere.

So, if you're not actually loading the machine with 12 processes doing
disk IO, and still seeing a load of 12, chances are that there are
processes stuck in the (D) state. That's a bug. Report the bug.


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