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NAME
     strings - print the strings of printable characters in files


SYNOPSIS
     strings
          [-a|-|--all] [-f|--print-file-name] [-o] [--help]
          [-v|--version] [-n min-len|-min-len|--bytes=min-len]
          [-t {o,x,d}[--target=bfdname] |--radix={o,x,d}] file

DESCRIPTION
     For each file given, GNU strings prints the printable  char-
     acter  sequences that are at least 4 characters long (or the
     number given with the options below) and are followed  by  a
     NUL  or  newline  character.  By default, it only prints the
     strings from the initialized data 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
     The long and short forms of options, shown here as  alterna-
     tives, are equivalent.


     -a

     --all

     -    Do not scan only the initialized data section 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 options to strings on the  stan-
          dard output and exit.


     -v

     --version
          Print the version number of  strings  on  the  standard


          output and exit.


     -n min-len
          -min-len

     -bytes=min-len
          Print sequences of characters that are at least min-len
          characters long, instead of the default 4.


     -t {o,x,d}

     --radix={o,x,d}
          Print the offset within the file  before  each  string.
          The  single  character  argument specifies the radix of
          the offset-octal, hexadecimal, or decimal.


     --target=bfdname
           Specify an object code format other than your system's
          default  format.   See  objdump(1),  for information on
          listing available formats.


     -o   Like -t o.


SEE ALSO
     `binutils' entry in info; The GNU Binary  Utilities,  Roland
     H.  Pesch  (October  1991);  ar(1),  nm(1), objdump(1), ran-
     lib(1).



COPYING
     Copyright (c) 1993 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

     Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies
     of  this  manual provided the copyright notice and this per-
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     Permission is granted to copy and distribute  modified  ver-
     sions of this manual under the conditions for verbatim copy-
     ing, provided that the entire resulting derived work is dis-
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     this one.

     Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of
     this  manual  into  another language, under the above condi-
     tions for modified versions, except that this permission no-
     tice  may  be  included in translations approved by the Free


     Software Foundation instead of in the original English.

 

 

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