Neal H Walfield wrote:
> I am running Linux 2.2.12:
> neal@colo:~$ cat /proc/version
> Linux version 2.2.12 (root@gondor) (gcc version 2.95.1 19990816 (release))
> #1 Sun Sep 12 00:22:57 EST 1999
> Starting twelve days ago the load average has increased by one every
> twenty-four hours. Normally, it remains close to 0. At the moment, they
> are at twelve; I imagine that tomorrow, they will be at thirteen:
> neal@colo:~$ w
> 11:08am up 330 days, 17:36, 1 user, load average: 12.08, 12.05, 12.01
> USER TTY FROM LOGIN@ IDLE JCPU PCPU WHAT
> neal ttyp0 qui182p.star.net 10:02am 0.00s 0.33s 0.12s w
> Other than this, the system appears to be functioning normally. I do not
> know where to start looking for the bug, however, I will be happy to
> provide any additional details that could be of help.
You may have stuck processes wich doesn't run but count as active for
the load avg count. Almost all processes that get stuck in D state and
can't be killed increases the load avg by one per process stuck.
So look for processes in zombie state or D state. If you can't kill them
perhaps you will need to reboot.
If it increases slowly it could be another thing, but if it increases
suddenly at a fixed time it could be a cron job.
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