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/var/tmp files seem to be created by Splunk. Why?

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Any gurus know why there are files created in /var/tmp/ folder by Splunk?

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the file looks like above. Which looks like the files we are indexing.

  1. What could this file be?
  2. How can we avoid the files to pile up in /var/tmp dir again?

Thanks for your help

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee
  1. Splunk does use the platform-provided tmpfile() function for some purposes.
  2. It's possible that tmpfile() may be configured in your platform to use /var/tmp.
  3. The tmpfile() call ensures that the file is deleted on close or program exit. This is a platform guarantee, not a Splunk code guarantee.

Overall, it's quite unlikely that any pile-up is caused by the Splunk built-in operation. You may want to review any scripted inputs you have, or alert scripts.

I would also recommend using system tools such as lsof, auditing, and fuser to evaluate which processes have these temp files open, if any, and investigating those processes.

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

What is it about these files the leads you to believe they are created by Splunk? Splunk doesn't generally write anything into /var/tmp unless there is some script or process that you create and configure Splunk to run that specifically does so.

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