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STRINGS(1)							    STRINGS(1)

NAME
       strings - find the printable strings in a object, or other binary, file

SYNOPSIS
       strings [ - ] [ -a ] [ -o ] [ -number ] [file ...]

DESCRIPTION
       Strings	looks  for  ASCII  strings in a binary file or standard input.
       Strings is useful for identifying random object files  and  many	 other
       things.	 A  string is any sequence of 4 (the default) or more printing
       characters ending with a newline or a  null.   Unless  the  -  flag  is
       given,  strings	looks  in  all sections of the object files except the
       (__TEXT,__text) section.	 If no files are specified standard  input  is
       read.

       The options to strings(1) are:

       -a     This  option  causes strings to look for strings in all sections
	      of the object file (including the (__TEXT,__text) section.

       -      This option causes strings to look for strings in all  bytes  of
	      the files (the default for non-object files).

       -o     Preceded each string by its offset in the file (in decimal).

       -number
	      The  decimal  number is used as the minimum string length rather
	      than the default of 4.

SEE ALSO
       od(1)

BUGS
       The algorithm for identifying strings is extremely primitive.

Apple Computer, Inc.	       October 23, 1997			    STRINGS(1)
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