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STRINGS(1)		     GNU Development Tools		    STRINGS(1)

NAME
       strings - print the strings of printable	characters in files.

SYNOPSIS
       strings [-afov] [-min-len]
	       [-n min-len] [--bytes=min-len]
	       [-t radix] [--radix=radix]
	       [-e encoding] [--encoding=encoding]
	       [-] [--all] [--print-file-name]
	       [--target=bfdname]
	       [--help]	[--version] file...

DESCRIPTION
       For  each  file	given,	GNU  strings  prints  the  printable character
       sequences 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
       -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 program usage	on  the	 standard  output  and
	   exit.

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

       -o  Like	-t o.  Some other versions of strings have -o act  like	 -t  d
	   instead.   Since we can not be compatible with both ways, we	simply
	   chose one.

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

       -e encoding
       --encoding=encoding
	   Select the character	encoding of the	strings	that are to be	found.
	   Possible  values  for  encoding  are:  s  =	single-byte characters
	   (ASCII, ISO 8859, etc., default), b = 16-bit	Bigendian, l =	16-bit
	   Littleendian, B = 32-bit Bigendian, L = 32-bit Littleendian.	Useful
	   for finding wide character strings.

       --target=bfdname
	   Specify an object code format other than your system's default for-
	   mat.

       -v
       --version
	   Print the program version number on the standard output and exit.

SEE ALSO
       ar(1),  nm(1),  objdump(1),  ranlib(1), readelf(1) and the Info entries
       for binutils.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (c) 1991, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99,  2000,  2001,  2002
       Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       Permission  is  granted to copy,	distribute and/or modify this document
       under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version  1.1  or
       any  later  version  published by the Free Software Foundation; with no
       Invariant Sections, with	no Front-Cover Texts, and with	no  Back-Cover
       Texts.	A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU
       Free Documentation License".

3rd Berkeley Distribution	  2002-08-05			    STRINGS(1)

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