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|man pages section 3: Basic Library Functions Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library|
- get system load averages
#include <sys/loadavg.h> int getloadavg(double loadavg[ ], int nelem);
The getloadavg() function returns the number of processes in the system run queue averaged over various periods of time. Up to nelem samples are retrieved and assigned to successive elements of loadavg[ ]. The system imposes a maximum of 3 samples, representing averages over the last 1, 5, and 15 minutes, respectively. The LOADAVG_1MIN, LOADAVG_5MIN, and LOADAVG_15MIN indices, defined in <sys/loadavg.h>, can be used to extract the data from the appropriate element of the loadavg[ ] array.
Upon successful completion, the number of samples actually retrieved is returned. If the load average was unobtainable, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the error.
The getloadavg() function will fail if:
The number of elements specified is less than 0.
If the caller is in a non-global zone and the pools facility is active, the behavior of getloadavg() is equivalent to that of pset_getloadavg(3C) called with psetid set to PS_MYID.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: