"I have a computer today that runs at about .80 in load average. It's a web server with proxy and database driven dynamic pages. I want to know how much more it can handle, and I wondered if the load averages could give me a clue. I realize that they mean the average number of processes in the cue, but I am unsure of the effect of this. Does it practically mean it's running at 80%? memory is not a problem, I have plenty extra...
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Actually measuring the performance of a machine (using top, ps, vmstat, and the like) is a complex, but not terribly difficult, process. Anyone have any good docs on how to do this in BSD?