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Why is my load ave so high now?



When I was running F8, my server averaged a load ave oof around 4.

Now that I'm running F10, and bittorrent is no longer running, in fact, not much of anything besides Seti Home (BOINC client running astro_pulse), my load average is up around 11 and frequently exceeds 12 (and of course when it exceeds 12, it stops receiving emails). Here's a 5 second snapshot from top:

top - 22:48:06 up 2 days, 18:51,  5 users,  load average: 11.15, 11.33, 11.63
Tasks: 250 total,   2 running, 247 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
Cpu(s):  5.9%us,  1.8%sy, 92.0%ni,  0.0%id,  0.0%wa,  0.3%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:   2074172k total,  1932680k used,   141492k free,   108872k buffers
Swap:  3911816k total,      552k used,  3911264k free,   977568k cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 3234 root 39 19 50292 46m 2072 R 91.7 2.3 3520:10 astropulse_5.06 3378 root 20 0 324m 36m 8496 S 3.6 1.8 14:34.20 Xorg 16271 cummings 20 0 172m 60m 21m S 1.1 3.0 0:37.77 thunderbird-bin 4026 cummings 20 0 22412 11m 7612 S 0.5 0.6 0:09.28 metacity 4108 cummings 20 0 27276 11m 8748 S 0.4 0.6 18:41.47 multiload-apple 4126 cummings 20 0 74844 18m 10m S 0.4 0.9 0:07.54 gnome-terminal 4027 cummings 20 0 63536 20m 10m S 0.3 1.0 0:27.59 gnome-panel 4030 cummings 20 0 34104 13m 5500 S 0.3 0.7 0:24.95 gnome-screensav 16252 root 20 0 2560 1184 844 S 0.3 0.1 0:00.97 top 4086 cummings 20 0 57960 14m 9716 S 0.2 0.7 0:06.57 wnck-applet 4093 cummings 20 0 34464 14m 10m S 0.2 0.7 5:31.08 clock-applet 196 root 15 -5 0 0 0 S 0.1 0.0 1:08.89 ata/0 971 root 15 -5 0 0 0 S 0.1 0.0 3:38.03 scsi_eh_5 2838 root 20 0 3332 520 364 S 0.1 0.0 0:05.12 lircd 3138 root 20 0 3624 1032 912 S 0.1 0.0 0:14.66 hald-addon-stor 3175 root 20 0 3624 1032 912 S 0.1 0.0 0:37.94 hald-addon-stor 3194 mailman 20 0 13620 7000 2820 S 0.1 0.3 0:53.14 python 3879 cummings 20 0 58964 30m 8092 S 0.1 1.5 21:56.13 gnome-settings- 4478 cummings 20 0 10044 4432 2376 S 0.1 0.2 0:01.48 xterm

I'm not swapping, in fact, my program memory usage is < 40% (of 2GB).
And I'm sure there are less processes contending for the CPU since my Gnome session is pretty bear right now. No firefox, and only this instance of thunderbird....

I'm open to any WAGs right now as to the cause. Its probably something I haven't yet fixed from my preupgrade....(from F8)

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Kevin J. Cummings
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