On Thu, 10 Aug 2006, Chuck Swiger wrote: > Ian Smith wrote: > > But since running 5.x (5.5-STABLE since 1st Aug) top can show 0.0% idle > > but the cpu usages shown don't add up to much of a fraction of 100%. > [ ... ] > > Any ideas why top hasn't much of a clue about what's consuming cpu? > > Sure, if you're running a parallel make, that will be starting up lots of > short-lived compiler processes which exit quickly; top can only display the > CPU load for those processes which are still running at the time it samples > the system.
Spot on, thanks Chuck. lastcomm showed a couple of thousand processes run per minute during several hours of 'make index'; /var/account/acct was nearly 10MB for that time. Only one gcc but lots of sh, perl, grep, awk, sed and such each running < 1 second, being a texty sort of job. Cheers, Ian _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"