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Re: load averages

> My box has been up for about seven hours.  The extent of my usage is
> browsing source code via nvi on the console and via a telnet session.
> After coming back from dinner an hour ago, my box went from slow to a
> crawl for no apparent reason.  I ran `w' to get the load avenge; they
> were over 40! However, within five minutes of running w, the load average
> dropped to under .2.  It is now (2 minutes post that) down to 0.00 again.

I have not seen anything quite this before.  Whenever you see a load spike
like this, please do ps to see what the particular processes involved are.
If you use ps -Au it will sort by cpu usage (I think there is a sorting
option too).

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