On htop, it shows three load averages, one bold, one normal, one red. What do they signify?

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The first one is a 1 minute load average, second is 5 minutes, third is 15 minutes, just like the uptime command. They do not have any special correlation in htop other than to stand out from each other.

This is a good read on understanding what load is: http://blog.scoutapp.com/articles/2009/07/31/understanding-load-averages

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    Hey man, hope you're fine:) It was indeed a good read.
    – Krishna
    Aug 21, 2020 at 12:09
  • Great article! Just a small thing: on Mac and most Linux distros, you can just use nproc to get your number of CPU cores.
    – Aetherus
    Apr 28, 2021 at 9:43

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