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  1. #1
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    Feb 2004
    Toronto, ON, Canada

    Post Software raid 1 with 1.2 load avg normal ?

    I have a fresh server (Core2Quad Q9300, 8GB, centOS 5 64bit) running soft raid1.

    To my surprise, the system's load average with no program running with exception of the normal background processes is at 1.2

    This is my first time running a software raid, so I'm not sure if this is a normal behavior for with all servers with soft raid.

    The software raid is running the native linux raid support.

    750 root 15 -5 0 0 0 S 2.7 0.0 0:24.21 md0_raid1
    751 root 15 -5 0 0 0 S 0.3 0.0 0:05.35 md0_resync
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  2. #2
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    Jan 2008
    Jax, FL
    Not unusual for the first few hours after the initial OS load, the second drives needs a bit to perform the initial mirroring of the first.
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  3. #3
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    Aug 2006
    The RAID is initializing, so it's normal to see a higher load.

    Use this command to check the RAID's status.
    # cat /proc/mdstat
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  4. #4
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    Apr 2009
    It should be IO. You can use the command iostat to see the IO intensiveness.
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