strings

strings(1)                   GNU Development Tools                  strings(1)



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 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
       The long and short forms of options, shown here as alternatives, are
       equivalent.


       -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 options to strings on the standard 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), ranlib(1).



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

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cygnus support                   25 June 1993                       strings(1)