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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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