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strings(1)                       User Commands                      strings(1)



NAME
       strings - find printable strings in an object or binary file

SYNOPSIS
       strings [-a | -]  [-t format | -o]  [-n number | -number]  [file...]

DESCRIPTION
       The  strings utility looks for ASCII strings in a binary file. A string
       is any sequence of 4 or more printing characters ending with a  newline
       or a null character.

       strings  is  useful  for identifying random object files and many other
       things.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -a | -                  Look everywhere in the  file  for  strings.  If
                               this flag is omitted, strings only looks in the
                               initialized data space of object files.



       -n number | -number     Use a  number  as  the  minimum  string  length
                               rather than the default, which is 4.



       -o                      Equivalent to -t d option.



       -t format               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 will be written in decimal.




                               o        The offset will be written in octal.



                               x        The offset will be written in hexadec-
                                        imal.




OPERANDS
       The following operand is supported:

       file     A  path name of a regular file to be used as input. If no file
                operand is specified, the strings utility will read  from  the
                standard input.



ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       See  environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables
       that affect the execution of strings: LANG, LC_ALL,  LC_CTYPE,  LC_MES-
       SAGES, and NLSPATH.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values are returned:

       0        Successful completion.



       >>0       An error occurred.



ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:


       tab()     allbox;     cw(2.750000i)|    cw(2.750000i)    lw(2.750000i)|
       lw(2.750000i).   ATTRIBUTE  TYPEATTRIBUTE   VALUE   AvailabilitySUNWtoo
       CSIEnabled Interface StabilityStandard


SEE ALSO
       od(1), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5)

NOTES
       The algorithm for identifying strings is extremely primitive.

       For backwards compatibility, the options -a and - are interchangeable.



SunOS 5.10                        20 Dec 1996                       strings(1)