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strings(1)                   GNU Development Tools                  strings(1)

NAME
       strings - print the strings of printable characters in files

SYNOPSIS
       strings
              [-a|-|--all] [-f|--print-file-name] [-o] [--help] [-v|--version]
              [-n min-len|-min-len|--bytes=min-len] [-t
              {o,x,d}[--target=bfdname] |--radix={o,x,d}] file

DESCRIPTION
       For  each  file  given,  GNU strings prints the printable character se-
       quences that are at least 4 characters long (or the number  given  with
       the  options  below)  and are followed by an unprintable character.  By
       default, it only prints the strings from  the  initialized  and  loaded
       sections  of  object  files;  for  other  types of files, it prints the
       strings from the whole file.

       strings is mainly useful  for  determining  the  contents  of  non-text
       files.

OPTIONS
       The  long  and  short forms of options, shown here as alternatives, are
       equivalent.

       -a

       --all

       -      Do not scan only the initialized and loaded sections  of  object
              files; scan the whole files.

       -f

       --print-file-name
              Print the name of the file before each string.

       --help Print a summary of the options to strings on the standard output
              and exit.

       -v

       --version
              Print the version number of strings on the standard  output  and
              exit.

       -n min-len

       -min-len

       --bytes=min-len
              Print  sequences of characters that are at least min-len charac-
              ters long, instead of the default 4.

       -t {o,x,d}

       --radix={o,x,d}
              Print the offset within the file before each string.  The single
              character  argument  specifies  the  radix of the offset--octal,
              hexadecimal, or decimal.

       --target=bfdname
              Specify an object code format other than your  system's  default
              format.   See  objdump(1),  for information on listing available
              formats.

       -o     Like -t o.

SEE ALSO
       `binutils' entry in info; The GNU Binary  Utilities,  Roland  H.  Pesch
       (October 1991); ar(1), nm(1), objdump(1), ranlib(1).

COPYING
       Copyright (c) 1993, 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       This document is distributed under the terms of the GNU Free Documenta-
       tion License, version 1.1.  That license is described  in  the  sources
       for  this  manual  page,  but it is not displayed here in order to make
       this manual more consise.  Copies of this license can also be  obtained
       from: http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/.

Free Software Foundation         09 March 2000                      strings(1)

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