Load avg

Ever since I fired up this new server, it’s been running with a load average of 1.1.

Why? I didn’t know. It was also running about 100 processes and swapping.

I thought it might have had to do with the fact that it only had 415MB of RAM, but still…

Today I realized that I was not running the SMP kernel. Huh? It’s a dual CPU box, why is it not running the SMP kernel?

A quick edit of grub.conf and a reboot and we are running the SMP kernel.

The load average is now 0.1. The number of running processes is around 75 and it’s not swapping.


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