idle_threa is freaking me OUT!!!

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
okay, here I am looking at top running in my terminal. At the very bottom I see a command running called "idle_threa", now what is freaking me out is that I'm seeing its %CPU up in the 188% area!!! I've been looking at it like that for a number of minutes. The only reason it hasn't gone up to the closer to the 200% mark is that I'm running a few applications. It grabs what it can.

So I have a few questions:

What is "idle_threa"?

Should it be there?

If it isn't, how do I get rid of it? :confused: <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[Surprised]" /> <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[Surprised]" />

Also, an interesting fact is that its PID is 0. At the same time that "kernel_tas" PID is also 0!!!

0 kernel_tas 0.9% 2:48.94 24 0 - - - 61.1M 703M

0 idle_threa 128.3% 8:53:35

[ 03-17-2002: Message edited by: G-Dog ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 4
    catalystcatalyst Posts: 226member
    Could it mean idle threads?
  • Reply 2 of 4
    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    Think about the name of it... idle thread.

    Then look at it and look at the "idle" percent of your CPU on the second line of top. [edit - well, on dual processor macs, you should double the number up top and then compare it to "idle_threa"]

    Make any more sense to you now?

    Here's an example of what I have now:[code]Load Avg: 0.18, 0.07, 0.00 CPU usage: 5.2% user, 5.7% sys, 89.1% idle

    0 idle_threa 178.0% 65:27:50</pre><hr></blockquote>

    idle CPU is 89.1

    89.1 * 2 == 178.2

    idle_thre is 178

    hmmmm.... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

    [ 03-17-2002: Message edited by: starfleetX ]</p>
  • Reply 3 of 4
    g-dogg-dog Posts: 171member
    well...I guess it's time to call it quits. I have obviously been up way to far past my bedtime. if it weren't 3AM where I am, I would probably most likely have seen that. thank you for demonstrating my ignorance, or is it my incompetence? oh well, time to hit the sack for me then. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />

    [ 03-17-2002: Message edited by: G-Dog ]</p>
  • Reply 4 of 4
    [quote]Originally posted by G-Dog:

    <strong> thank you for demonstrating my ignorance</strong><hr></blockquote>No sweat. That's what I'm here for!
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