In my experience, files that have the file descriptor of
lsof output are the executable file itself and shared objects. The
lsof man page says that it means "program text (code and data)".
While debugging a problem, I found a large number of data files (specifically, ElasticSearch database index files) that
lsof reported as
txt. These are definitely not executable files. The process was ElasticSearch itself, which is a java process, if that helps point someone in the right direction.
I want to understand how this process is opening and using these files that gets it to be reported in this way. I'm trying to understand some memory utilization, and I suspect that these open files are related to some metrics I'm seeing in some way.
The system is Solaris 10 x86.