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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]
	       [-T bfdname] [--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-7-bit-byte characters
	   (ASCII, ISO 8859, etc., default), S = single-8-bit-byte characters,
	   b = 16-bit bigendian, l = 16-bit littleendian, B = 32-bit
	   bigendian, L	= 32-bit littleendian. Useful for finding wide
	   character strings.

       -T bfdname
       --target=bfdname
	   Specify an object code format other than your system's default
	   format.

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

       @file
	   Read	command-line options from file.	 The options read are inserted
	   in place of the original @file option.  If file does	not exist, or
	   cannot be read, then	the option will	be treated literally, and not
	   removed.

	   Options in file are separated by whitespace.	 A whitespace
	   character may be included in	an option by surrounding the entire
	   option in either single or double quotes.  Any character (including
	   a backslash)	may be included	by prefixing the character to be
	   included with a backslash.  The file	may itself contain additional
	   @file options; any such options will	be processed recursively.

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

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (c) 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999,
       2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 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".

binutils-2.17.50		  2010-10-30			    STRINGS(1)

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