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Load plugin
Type: read
Callbacks: read
Status: supported
First version: 1.0
Copyright: 2005–2008 Florian octo Forster
2009 Manuel Sanmartin
License: GPLv2
Manpage: n/a
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The Load plugin collects the system load. These numbers give a rough overview over the utilization of a machine, though their meaning is mostly overrated.

The system load is defined as the number of runnable tasks in the run-queue and is provided by many operating systems as a one, five or fifteen minute average.

Example graph



  • Most UNIXes
    • getloadavg(3)
  • Linux (alternatively)
    • /proc-file system
  • AIX
    • libperfstat(3)
  • Other