strings - extract strings


        strings [-afo] [-n length] [-t {d|o|x}] [file ...]


strings prints strings gleaned from the given files (or from standard input.) By default strings of less than 4 characters are ignored. A string is considered to be any sequence of graphical ASCII characters (plus space and tab).


  -f            Print the file name with each string.

  -n length     Set the minimum length of strings to print; 4 by default.

  -o            Print each string with the octal offset in the file.
                (Same as -to).

  -t {d|o|x}    Print each string with the offset in the file;
                specify decimal, octal or hexadecimal respectively.

The -a option is included for compatibility with older versions but does nothing.


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