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Re: From the moderator: READ Please
From: woods () ncar ucar edu (Greg Woods)
Date: Mon, 22 May 95 15:06:23 MDT


Most likely it is so that sendmail can determine the load average.

This is not necessary on Linux (which the original poster mentioned),
which has a world-readable /proc/loadavg pseudofile.

I thought it would go without saying, but I suppose I should have
stated that there are 18 million different systems and ways of
determining the load average. Not all of them could be coded into
sendmail. So the statement should really read "on systems which
lack a convenient method of getting the load average, or which
Eric simply hasn't had time to code into sendmail, it is necessary
to read /dev/kmem to determine the load average"  

:-)

--Greg



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