System idle time under Linux

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Wed Sep 29 17:36:33 CEST 2010

On 2010-09-29, Hugo L?veill? <hugol at> wrote:

> Sorry, I am not a linux guy. Did not know it was a text file

And the "file" command (the usual way to figure that out) doesn't
appear to be helpful:

  $ file /etc/passwd
  /etc/passwd: ASCII text

[That's helpful]

  $ file /proc/stat 
  /proc/stat: empty

[That's not]  

However, as usual, Google comes to rescue.  The first hit for
"/proc/stat" has a detailed description:

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