var socket in random directories

Nikos Vassiliadis nvass9573 at
Tue Jun 2 14:40:48 UTC 2009

Chris Rees wrote:
> OK, so does anyone know why I get a socket called 'var' randomly
> appearing in directories?
> I always use ls -F, and it turns up as var=, as can be seen in my
> ports directory.
> [chris at amnesiac]~% cd /usr/ports/
> [chris at amnesiac]/usr/ports% ls
> CHANGES         arabic/         finance/        multimedia/     textproc/
> COPYRIGHT       archivers/      french/         net/            ukrainian/
> GIDs            astro/          ftp/            net-im/         var=
> INDEX-7         audio/          games/          net-mgmt/       vietnamese/
> INDEX-7.bz2     benchmarks/     german/         net-p2p/        www/
> INDEX-7.db      biology/        graphics/       news/           x11/
> KNOBS           cad/            hebrew/         packages/       x11-clocks/
> LEGAL           chinese/        hungarian/      palm/           x11-drivers/
> MOVED           comms/          irc/            polish/         x11-fm/
> Makefile        converters/     japanese/       ports-mgmt/     x11-fonts/
> Mk/             databases/      java/           portuguese/     x11-servers/
> README          deskutils/      korean/         print/          x11-themes/
> Templates/      devel/          lang/           russian/        x11-toolkits/
> Tools/          distfiles/      mail/           science/        x11-wm/
> UIDs            dns/            math/           security/
> UPDATING        editors/        mbone/          shells/
> accessibility/  emulators/      misc/           sysutils/
> [chris at amnesiac]/usr/ports%
> [chris at amnesiac]/usr/ports% uname -a
> FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE #1: Sun
> May  3 21:54:38 BST 2009
> root at  i386
> [chris at amnesiac]/usr/ports%
> I have an inkling it may be due to openldap, any ideas?

Not a really helpful response, but why openldap(or any other
program) would create sockets in random directories?

> Any ideas?

You mean you see sockets appear and disappear on their own?
in random directories?

Maybe sou should do something like "find / -type s" and
then use stat(1) on the findings and see if birth timestamp
ring any bells.

Just a stub in the dark, Nikos

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