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STRINGS(1)						      General Commands Manual							STRINGS(1)

NAME
strings - find the printable strings in a object, or other binary, file SYNOPSIS
strings [ - ] [ -a ] [ -o ] [ -t format ] [ -number ] [ -n number ] [--] [file ...] DESCRIPTION
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 file arguments may be of the form libx.a(foo.o), to request information about only that object file and not the entire library. (Typ- ically this argument must be quoted, ``libx.a(foo.o)'', to get it past the shell.) 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). -- This option causes strings to treat all the following arguments as files. -o Preceded each string by its offset in the file (in decimal). -t format Write each string preceded by its byte offset from the start of the file. The format shall be dependent on the single character used as the format option-argument: d The offset shall be written in decimal. o The offset shall be written in octal. x The offset shall be written in hexadecimal. -number The decimal number is used as the minimum string length rather than the default of 4. -n number Specify the minimum string length, where the number argument is a positive decimal integer. The default shall be 4. -arch arch_type Specifies the architecture, arch_type, of the file for strings(1) to operate on when the file is a universal file. (See arch(3) for the currently know arch_types.) The arch_type can be "all" to operate on all architectures in the file, which is the default. SEE ALSO
od(1) BUGS
The algorithm for identifying strings is extremely primitive. Apple Computer, Inc. September 11, 2006 STRINGS(1)

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strings(1)						      General Commands Manual							strings(1)

NAME
strings - find the printable strings in an object or other binary file SYNOPSIS
format] number] [file] ... Obsolescent number] [file] ... DESCRIPTION
looks for ASCII strings in a file. If no file is specified, standard input is used. A string is any sequence of four or more printing characters ending with a newline or null character. is useful for identifying random object files and many other things. Options recognizes the following options: By default, strings looks only in the initialized data space of object files (as recognized by their magic numbers). If this flag is used, the entire file is inspected. This flag is always set if standard input is being read or the file is not recognized as an object file. For backward compatibility, is understood as a synonym for Write each string preceded by its byte offset from the start of the file. The format is dependent on the single character used as the format option-argument: d The offset is written in decimal. o The offset is written in octal. x The offset is written in hexadecimal. Specify number as the minimum string length, rather than the default 4. Each string is preceded by its offset in the file (in octal). This option is obsolescent and is equivalent to specifying the option. Specify number as the minimum string length, rather than the default 4. This option is obsolescent and is equivalent to using the number option. EXTERNAL INFLUENCES
Environment Variables determines the locale for the interpretation of text as single- and/or multi-byte characters. determines the language in which messages are displayed. If or is not specified in the environment or is set to the empty string, the value of is used as a default for each unspecified or empty variable. If is not specified or is set to the empty string, a default of "C" (see lang(5)) is used instead of Determine the location of message catalogues for the processing of If any internationalization variable contains an invalid setting, behaves as if all internationalization variables are set to "C". See environ(5). WARNINGS
The algorithm for identifying strings is extremely primitive. AUTHOR
was developed by the University of California, Berkeley. SEE ALSO
od(1). STANDARDS CONFORMANCE
strings(1)
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