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I'm watching the emerge of mozilla-firefox with top (I've just set the java
USE flag so that I can use some astronomy Web sites), and I'm puzzled. This
is a dual-Opteron box with 4G memory, and I have it set up with 6G /tmp
mounted on tmpfs. Top shows 0k of used swap, so I'm confident that I'm not
doing any swapping. It should show me a total of up to 200% when the system
is fully loaded.
But top shows 49 - 50% wa, which I understand is I/O waiting time (even with
the X term rolled up), cc1plus is showing only single-digit percent CPU,
and the System and User CPU % are in the teens. I can get X to use 30-odd %
by leaving the terminal on display, or 1% by rolling it up; that seems not
to affect the other figures. No other user processes are running; only the
background processes started by init and so on. What is the machine doing?
Why does it not work harder at its allotted task?
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