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Re: getloadavg and proc filesystem

Actually, I am looking at /proc/stat and that is the problem...

I looked at the implementation of getloadavg to see how 'real programmers' used the proc filesystem. I do not see how the implementation (in glibc) is protected from the kernel changing the data underneath it while it is being read....

ie: getloadavg open /proc/loadavg for O_RDONLY
    getloadavg reads the first 4 bytes
    kernel completely updates the file
    getloadavg reads the rest of file.....

And as /proc/stat is bigger, the problem is likely to occur even more often?!
Or am i just being stupid?

As for /proc/stat - I am unable to find complete doco for it....
man proc does not state what the last 3 columns in the 'cpu' lines are....
Are these iowait and intr (soft) intr (hard)?

Thanks for any help,


On Oct 4, 2005, at 6:19 PM, Andy Davidson wrote:
If you want to monitor just cpu utilisation, the load average isn't going to be a great measure; IO slowdown will 'break' the load average, for example.

You are probably better off looking at /proc/stat.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/loadinfo is an awful hack which might be a good starting point.

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