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strings

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NAME

strings - Finds strings in an ASCII or binary file.  

SYNOPSIS

strings [-ao] [-t  format] [-n number] [file...]


 

Obsolescent syntax

strings [-] [-t format] [-number] [file...]


 

STANDARDS

Interfaces documented on this reference page conform to industry standards as follows:

strings:  XPG4, XPG4-UNIX

Refer to the standards(5) reference page for more information about industry standards and associated tags.
 

OPTIONS

Searches an entire object file, rather than just the initialized data space. Sets the minimum string length to number rather than the default of 4. Precedes each string by its offset (in octal) in the file. Writes 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 argument, as follows: The offset is written in decimal. The offset is written in octal. The offset is written in hexadecimal. Sets the minimum string length to number rather than the default of 4. (Obsolescent) Searches an entire object file, rather than just the initialized data space. (Obsolescent)
 

OPERANDS

The name of a file to be searched for strings.

If you do not specify a file argument, strings reads from standard input.
 

DESCRIPTION

A string is any sequence of 4 or more printing characters ending with a newline or null character. The strings command is useful for identifying random object files.

[Compaq]  Unless the -a option is given, strings only looks in the initialized data space of object files.
 

NOTES

[Compaq]  The -t format option should be used when multiple files are specified as input. Without this option, there is no way to determine which string is associated with which file.
 

EXIT STATUS

The following exit values are returned: Successful completion. An error occurred.
 

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

The following environment variables affect the execution of strings: Provides a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or null. If LANG is unset or null, the corresponding value from the default locale is used. If any of the internationalization variables contain an invalid setting, the utility behaves as if none of the variables had been defined. If set to a non-empty string value, overrides the values of all the other internationalization variables. Determines the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multbyte characters in arguments and input files) and to identify printable strings. Determines the locale for the format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error. Determines the location of message catalogues for the processing of LC_MESSAGES.
 

SEE ALSO

Commands:  nm(1), od(1)

Standards:  standards(5)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
Obsolescent syntax
STANDARDS
OPTIONS
OPERANDS
DESCRIPTION
NOTES
EXIT STATUS
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
SEE ALSO

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