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strings
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     strings [-afov] [-MIN-LEN] [-n MIN-LEN] [-t RADIX] [-]
             [--all] [--print-file-name] [--bytes=MIN-LEN]
             [--radix=RADIX] [--target=BFDNAME]
             [--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 a NUL or newline character.  By
default, it only prints the strings from the initialized data 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.

`-a'
`--all'
`-'
     Do not scan only the initialized data section 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 program usage on the standard output and
     exit.

`-MIN-LEN'
`-n MIN-LEN'
`--bytes=MIN-LEN'
     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.

`-t RADIX'
`--radix=RADIX'
     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.

`--target=BFDNAME'
     Specify an object code format other than your system's default
     format.  Note: Target Selection, for more information.

`-v'
`--version'
     Print the program version number on the standard output and exit.


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