[CentOS] httpd writes much to /var? How to audit it properly?

Tue Apr 30 09:04:52 UTC 2013
Rafał Radecki <radecki.rafal at gmail.com>

Hi All.

I currently use:
CentOS release 6.3 (Final)

>From time to time (it happenes on different machines) I have a very high
load up to 100, and I see that there are up to 300/s writes to /var at the
same time. Apache restart solves the problem. I would like to know the
reason so I decided to use auditd.

I've used:
auditctl -w /var -p warx
And for example:

ausearch -f /var -i -ts 04/29/2013 23:00:00 -te 04/29/2013 23:01:00 -ua
11111 | grep 'syscall=open' | wc -l

gives me "5" but in my monitoring I see that there were up to 300 writes
per second to /var at the same moment (id 11111 - httpd) (I have verified
the writes with command line tools).

ausearch -f /var -i -ts 04/29/2013 23:00:00 -te 04/29/2013 23:01:00 | grep
'syscall=open' | wc -l



Thanks to auditd I know that the syscalls are performed on /var/tmp but why
is there such a difference  in auditd output and writes measured in
operating system?

Do I use auditd wrong?

Best regards,