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strings - print the strings of printable characters in files.
strings [-afov] [-min-len]
[-n min-len] [--bytes=min-len]
[-t radix] [--radix=radix]
[-e encoding] [--encoding=encoding]
[-] [--all] [--print-file-name]
[--help] [--version] file...
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
strings is mainly useful for determining the contents of non-text files.
- Do not scan only the initialized and loaded sections of object files; scan the whole
Print the name of the file before each string.
Print a summary of the program usage on the standard output and exit.
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.
Print the offset within the file before each string. The single character argument
specifies the radix of the offset---o for octal, x for hexadecimal, or d for decimal.
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.
Specify an object code format other than your system's default format.
Print the program version number on the standard output and exit.
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