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strings(1)			 User Commands			    strings(1)

NAME
       strings - find printable	strings	in an object or	binary file

SYNOPSIS
       strings [-a | -]	 [-t format | -o]  [-n number |	-number]  [file...]

DESCRIPTION
       The  strings utility looks for ASCII strings in a binary	file. A	string
       is any sequence of 4 or more printing characters	ending with a  newline
       or a null character.

       strings	is  useful  for	identifying random object files	and many other
       things.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -a | -		       Look everywhere in the  file  for  strings.  If
			       this flag is omitted, strings only looks	in the
			       initialized data	space of object	files.

       -n number | -number     Use a  number  as  the  minimum	string	length
			       rather than the default,	which is 4.

       -o		       Equivalent to -t	d option.

       -t format	       Write  each  string preceded by its byte	offset
			       from the	start  of  the	file.  The  format  is
			       dependent  on  the single character used	as the
			       format option-argument:

			       d	The offset will	be written in decimal.

			       o	The offset will	be written in octal.

			       x	The offset will	be written in hexadec-
					imal.

OPERANDS
       The following operand is	supported:

       file	A path name of a regular file to be used as input. If no  file
		operand	 is  specified,	the strings utility will read from the
		standard input.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       See environ(5) for descriptions of the following	environment  variables
       that  affect  the execution of strings: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MES-
       SAGES, and NLSPATH.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values are returned:

       0	Successful completion.

       >0	An error occurred.

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWtoo			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |CSI			     |Enabled			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Interface Stability	     |Standard			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       od(1), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5)

NOTES
       The algorithm for identifying strings is	extremely primitive.

       For backwards compatibility, the	options	-a and - are  interchangeable.

SunOS 5.10			  20 Dec 1996			    strings(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | OPERANDS | ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES | EXIT STATUS | ATTRIBUTES | SEE ALSO | NOTES

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