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[OCLUG-Tech] load averages

I've been reading up a bit on load averages, and looking at the output
of /proc/loadavg. I'm writing a program where I want to get the "generic
load average", similar to the xload, or the load applet in gnome. 

My initial thought was to use the first load average displayed by cat
/proc/loadavg (the 10 sec avg). Does this make sense? If not, where
should I look to get an accurate representation of the system's load?

Trevor Curtis


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