MirOS Manual: strings(1)


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.

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         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.

     --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

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     Free Documentation License''.

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