strings - Finds strings in an ASCII or binary file
strings [-aco] [-t format] [-n number] [file...]
Obsolescent syntax [Toc] [Back]
strings [-] [-t format] [-number] [file...]
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Searches an entire object file, not just the initialized
data space. Searches only the comment section of the
object file. Sets the minimum string length (default: 4)
to number. 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 (default: 4) to number.
(Obsolescent) Searches an entire object file, not just the
initialized data space. (Obsolescent)
The name of a file to be searched for strings.
If you do not specify a file argument, strings
reads from standard input.
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.
[Tru64 UNIX] If file specifies an archive file, output is
generated for each archive member as if the command had
been run on each archive member as a separate file. If -t
is specified, the file offsets shown are relative to the
beginning of the archive.
[Tru64 UNIX] The -a and -c options modify the default
behavior of searching only in the initialized data space
of object files.
[Tru64 UNIX] The -t format option should be used when
multiple files are specified as input. Without this
option, it is not possible to determine which string is
associated with which file.
The following exit values are returned: Successful completion.
An error occurred.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES [Toc] [Back]
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 multibyte 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.
Commands: nm(1), od(1)
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