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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-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 bigen‐
            dian, 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.
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 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’’.
 

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