Geek Culture
Published in

Geek Culture

Linux Load Average Deep Dive

Do you really understand load average?

Every time we find that system is slow, the first thing we usually do is to run the top or uptime command to understand the load of the system, for example:

$ uptime
02:34:03 up 2 days, 20:14, 1 user, load average: 0.63, 0.83, 0.88

But what I want to ask is, do you really know what each column of output here means?

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store