socket.makefile & AF_UNIX

Jamie Saker w0jrs at
Sat Dec 11 02:30:09 CET 2004

>If you're trying to create a Unix socket then mknod() isn't what
>you need.  You probably want to create a socket and bind() it to
>the log file:

>filename = 'snort_alert'
> s = socket(AF_UNIX, SOCK_DGRAM)
> s.bind(filename)

Interesting - I tried this with a local test_log and it worked, creating:

srwxr-xr-x  1 field users   0 Dec 10 19:26 test_log=

which looks like my /dev/log device.

>The call to bind() will probably fail if the socket file already

Indeed it does.

> If it's binary then you might need to use s.recv().

Makes sense. Thanks Michael. I'd expect socket.makefile is probably less 
encountered than most aspects of socket (according to google, it sure seemed 


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