10:04 PMSTRINGS : a command in linux to read the non-text files
Suppose you opened a file (eg. a binary file) in linux which is completely un-readable. There might be some useful words that you want to see. You can go for strings command.
strings [-afov] [-min-len]
[-n min-len] [--bytes=min-len]
[-t radix] [--radix=radix]
[-e encoding] [--encoding=encoding]
[-] [--all] [--print-file-name]
[--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 an unprintable character. By default, it only prints the strings from the initialized and loaded sections of object files; for other types of files, it prints the strings from the whole file.
1. strings non-text-file
The above command will show all the words of the file having at least character.
We can manually specify the no. of words i.e. minimum length of characters of words to be shown from the non-text file. See below example:
2. strings -n 2 non-text-file
Above command will find all the words from non-readable file with minimum two characters.
Print sequences of characters that are at least min-len characters long, instead of the default 4.
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