[NBLUG/talk] top output help

Kyle Rankin kyle at nblug.org
Tue Apr 24 19:37:35 PDT 2007

On Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 06:10:24PM -0700, Walter Hansen wrote:
> Would anyone be willing to comment on just how busied out this system is
> memory wise. I think it's creaking a little, but only just on the edge of
> what it can handle.
> top - 20:07:49 up 10 days, 23:47,  3 users,  load average: 2.38, 1.67, 1.13
> Tasks: 353 total,   8 running, 345 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
> Cpu(s):  0.7% us,  3.3% sy, 29.1% ni, 63.9% id,  0.0% wa,  0.7% hi,  2.3% si
> Mem:    969372k total,   957648k used,    11724k free,      320k buffers
> Swap:   522072k total,   199300k used,   322772k free,     6784k cached
> -- 
> This would be real cute NSFW tagline, but I'm married and would get killed.

I'll agree with Dean, your server is using way too much swap and only is
able to use 6Mb in the file cache. If the kernel were just swapping out
idle pages you wouldn't see such a low file cache. So to get a lower system
load you'll want to figure out how to lower the memory footprint of the
applications on the system.

Kyle Rankin
NBLUG President
The North Bay Linux Users Group
IRC: greenfly at irc.freenode.net #nblug 
kyle at nblug.org

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