Re: [wmii] higher load under wmii-3

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 19:08:15 +0200

On Mon, May 22, 2006 at 05:01:54PM +0000, David Tweed wrote:
> >
> >when using wmii-3 I have a much higher load compared to ion3.
> >
> >Even without further activity the load (and average) is around 0.20
> >whereas ion3 has 0.0x. This is on a Debian system with moderate hardware
> >(Athlon XP 2700+, 1 GB).
> >
> >Do others experience the same or is my setup broken?
> >What could cause this higher load?
> >
> I haven't tried wmii on my laptop within the last month, but the snapshot from
> about a month ago has load average of about 0.16 with wmii. (This was a 2 1/2
> year old Celeron 2GHz machine.) On the desktop I don't care too much about that,
> but I wasn't sure if -- given that load average doesn't necessarily represent the
> amount of CPU usage --- whether this would have a noticeable affect on battery
> run down rate. I meant to do some experiments to look at this, but I haven't been
> on any trips recently :-(

No, I don't believe it would result in faster rundown, because
the CPU should not consume more power, even with high loads. The
only relevant point should be the speed of the cpu in my eyes.

Maybe more power is consumed, because executions of (uncached)
wmiir or other tools are not cached, because of harddisk
accesses (through every wmiir execution, or status cycle) - but
I think such accesses should be cached normally (because the
inode didn't changed).


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