[Ilugc] One Day One GNU/Linux Command (STRINGS)
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Tue Sep 23 09:43:17 IST 2008
One Day One GNU/Linux Command
strings - Print the strings of printable characters in files.
For each file given, strings prints the printable character sequences
that are at least 4 characters long & are followed by an unprintable
character. Strings is mainly useful for determining the contents of
$ strings /bin/ls -- Prints the strings from initialized & loaded
$ strings -a file -- Scan the whole file for the strings.
$ strings -f /bin/* | grep Free -- Print Filename before each string.
$ strings -t o file -- Print the offset within the file before each
string [o = octal, x = hex, d = decimal].
$ strings -n 10 file -- Print sequences of characters that are at
least 10 characters long (Default 4).
NOTE: Write one "Hello World" Program in C and try this command on
the binary file(a.out) of that program.
Read: man strings
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