On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 01:07:54PM -0800, mojo fms wrote:
> What would cause top to report back 0.0% cpu usage across the top row?  It
> shows the minmal adverage and max correctly and seems to show the correct
> amount for the processes.

How about showing us the lines of top that seem to be a problem?

I think you are reading the load averages which have a different
meaning than "current cpu usage". They are the load averages over 1, 5
& 15 mins respectively. ie: the average number of processes *running*
(processes spend most of their time "idle". RUN in the State column of
top shows when a process is actually using the cpu).

If your machine is virtually idle then the 1 minute load average will
be 0 or close to 0 and is normal.

If you've just turned on your machine or it's been sitting idle for 15
mins then the other load averages will also be 0.

E.g: On this machine doing not a lot:

last pid: 96158;  load averages:  0.00,  0.04,  0.05    up 1+23:50:42 17:41:46


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