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questions about --load

From: Thomas Sattler
Subject: questions about --load
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:52:17 +0100
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Hi there ...

I'd vote for improving the manpage about --load:

| Only difference is 0 which actually means 0.

Question: Does "--load 0" wait until the system is completely
idle (0.00) or just as long as the load drops below 1 (0.x)?

| The load average is only sampled every 10 seconds to avoid
| stressing small computers.

Question: How is the load sampled? top/uptime/etc. know load1/
load5/load15. Does GNU parallel look at one of these every 10s?

I think the manpage shouldn't leave this as an exercise to the
users and instead should be modified to answer these questions.


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