How to check the load average

How to check the load average :


w displays information about the users currently on the machine, and their processes. The header shows, in this order, the current time, how long the system has been running, how many users are currently logged on, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.


[root@testpc ~]# w

10:40:09    up 23 days,   11:32,   2 users,   load average: 0.14, 0.09, 0.03

USER   TTY    FROM                 LOGIN     @ IDLE       JCPU   PCPU    WHAT

root     tty1          -                       03Aug10     9days     0.01s   0.01s    -bash

root    pts/2    192.168.1.x       05Aug10      0.00s      0.06s   0.00s     w


The top program provides a dynamic real-time view of a running system. It can display system summary information as well as a list of tasks currently being managed by the Linux kernel.


h : Help

q : Quit

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