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SubjectRe: High load average on disk I/O on 2.6.17-rc3
David Lang wrote (ao):
> P.S. I would love to be told that I'm just ignorant of how to monitor
> these things independantly. it would make my life much easier to learn
> how.

I use vmstat and top together to determine if a system is (too) busy or
not.

vmstat gives a good indication about the amount of disk IO (both regular
IO and swap), and top sorted by cpu or memory shows which processes are
responsible for the numbers.

You as a human can interpret what you see. I don't think software should
do anything with the load average, as it does not reflect the actual
usage of the hardware.

With kind regards, Sander

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