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strings - find the printable strings in a object, or other binary, file
strings [ - ] [ -a ] [ -o ] [ -number ] [file ...]
Strings looks for ASCII strings in a binary file or standard input. Strings is useful for
identifying random object files and many other things. A string is any sequence of 4 (the
default) or more printing characters ending with a newline or a null. Unless the - flag
is given, strings looks in all sections of the object files except the (__TEXT,__text)
section. If no files are specified standard input is read.
The options to strings(1) are:
-a This option causes strings to look for strings in all sections of the object file
(including the (__TEXT,__text) section.
- This option causes strings to look for strings in all bytes of the files (the
default for non-object files).
-o Preceded each string by its offset in the file (in decimal).
The decimal number is used as the minimum string length rather than the default of
The algorithm for identifying strings is extremely primitive.
Apple Computer, Inc. October 23, 1997 STRINGS(1)
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