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CPU usage statistics are misleading before Oracle Solaris[TM] 10 Operating System (Doc ID 1009871.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 15, 2019

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8.0 to 9 9/05 U8 [Release 8.0 to 9.0]
All Platforms
Checked for relevance on 23-09-2013


For versions of Solaris[TM] prior to 10 the calculation of the cpu usage statistics as displayed in the user/system/idle columns of vmstat are calculated in a very simplistic manner.

This makes it possible for certain workloads to make vmstat produce highly inaccurate outputs for these columns.


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