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STRINGS

Section: GNU Development Tools (1)
Updated: 2002-08-05
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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] [--versionfile... 

DESCRIPTION

For each file given, GNU strings prints the printablecharacter sequences that are at least 4 characters long (or the numbergiven with the options below) and are followed by an unprintablecharacter. By default, it only prints the strings from the initializedand loaded sections of object files; for other types of files, it printsthe strings from the whole file.

strings is mainly useful for determining the contents of non-textfiles. 

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 characterslong, instead of the default 4.
-o
Like -t o. Some other versions of strings have -oact like -t d instead. Since we can not be compatible with bothways, we simply chose one.
-t radix
--radix=radix
Print the offset within the file before each string. The singlecharacter argument specifies the radix of the offset---o foroctal, 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-bytecharacters (ASCII, ISO 8859, etc., default), b = 16-bitBigendian, l = 16-bit Littleendian, B = 32-bit Bigendian,L = 32-bit Littleendian. Useful for finding wide characterstrings.
--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.
 

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 documentunder the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with noBack-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in thesection entitled ``GNU Free Documentation License''.


 

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NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
SEE ALSO
COPYRIGHT

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