A socket is a special file used for inter-process communication. These allow communication between two processes. In addition to sending data, processes can send file descriptors across a Unix domain socket connection using the
recvmsg() system calls.
Unlike named pipes sockets are fully duplex-capable.
A socket is marked with an
s as the first letter of the mode string, e.g.
srwxrwxrwx ... /tmp/.X11-unix/X0