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2.7 high load averages.



Hello,
I noticed that load average on my system seems quite high and I think they
should not.
For example now ther eis only a few of activity on the system and here are
the load averages and the list of processes

load averages:  0.73,  0.56,  0.35                                     09:10:07
37 processes:  1 running, 34 idle, 2 stopped
CPU states:  1.7% user,  0.0% nice,  0.9% system,  0.2% interrupt, 97.2% idle
Memory: Real: 31M/43M act/tot  Free: 16M  Swap: 1844K/342M used/tot

  PID USERNAME PRI NICE  SIZE   RES STATE WAIT     TIME    CPU COMMAND
  21116 root       2    0 6444K   12M sleep select   2:12  0.05% XF86_SVGA
  28456 rupert     2    0   16M   11M sleep select   0:14  0.05% netscape
   6947 root       2    0  252K  572K idle  select   0:12  0.00% sshd
   13276 rj45       2    0  532K 1160K sleep select   0:12  0.00% screen-3.9.8
   26617 root       2    0  396K 1232K stop  -        0:05  0.00% ssh
   29878 root       2    0  272K 1164K sleep select   0:04  0.00% sshd
   32497 root       2    0  636K  644K idle  select   0:02  0.00% sendmail
   17070 root      -6    0  808K  940K stop  piperd   0:01  0.00% cvs
   18597 root      10    0  224K  368K sleep nanosl   0:01  0.00% cron
   15917 root       2    0   96K  328K sleep select   0:00  0.00% syslogd
    8245 rupert     2    0  340K 1384K sleep select   0:00  0.00% fvwm
    29474 rupert     2    0  732K 2380K sleep select   0:00  0.00% xterm
    12697 root       2    0   72K  224K idle  select   0:00  0.00% inetd
    17742 root      18    0  884K  716K sleep pause    0:00  0.00% tcsh
    29162 rj45      18    0  900K  728K idle  pause    0:00  0.00% tcsh
     9930 rj45      18    0  288K  824K sleep pause    0:00  0.00% screen-3.9.8
      5628 rj45       3    0  900K  728K idle  ttyin    0:00  0.00% tcsh
      15766 root      10    0  312K 1712K idle  wait     0:00  0.00% xdm

and yesterday I WAs downloading the sourcetree with cvs. That was the only
relevant process and here are hte loads

load averages:  1.21,  1.35,  1.16                                     17:56:06
30 processes:  1 running, 27 idle, 2 stopped
CPU states:  0.5% user,  0.0% nice,  0.5% system,  0.2% interrupt, 98.9% idle
Memory: Real: 15M/29M act/tot  Free: 29M  Swap: 1844K/342M used/tot
  
    PID USERNAME PRI NICE  SIZE   RES STATE WAIT     TIME    CPU COMMAND
    21116 root       2    0 6444K 9880K idle  select   1:59  0.00% XF86_SVGA
    21753 root       2    0  408K 1232K sleep select   0:35  0.00% ssh
     6947 root       2    0  252K  572K idle  select   0:11  0.00% sshd
     13276 rj45       2    0  532K 1160K sleep select   0:08  0.00% screen-3.9.8
     26617 root       2    0  396K 1232K stop  -        0:05  0.00% ssh
     28844 root      -6    0  828K  960K sleep piperd   0:04  0.00% cvs
     29878 root       2    0  272K 1164K sleep select   0:04  0.00% sshd
     32497 root       2    0  636K  644K idle  select   0:01  0.00% sendmail
     17070 root      -6    0  808K  940K stop  piperd   0:01  0.00% cvs
     18597 root      10    0  224K  368K sleep nanosl   0:01  0.00% cron
     15917 root       2    0   96K  328K sleep select   0:00  0.00% syslogd
     12697 root       2    0   72K  224K idle  select   0:00  0.00% inetd
     29162 rj45      18    0  900K  728K idle  pause    0:00  0.00% tcsh
     17742 root      18    0  880K  712K idle  pause    0:00  0.00% tcsh
      5628 rj45       3    0  900K  728K idle  ttyin    0:00  0.00% tcsh
       8692 rj45      18    0  892K  716K sleep pause    0:00  0.00% tcsh
       11390 rj45       3    0  896K  716K idle  ttyin    0:00  0.00% tcsh

My system is a AMD 400 with 64MB RAM.

The load averages should be lower.Anyone has a suggestion or some hints
about this behaviour ??

thanks

Rick