May 22, 2001

Extracting text with "strings"

Author: JT Smith

An anonymous reader writes: "The Linux tools I write about here each week don't usually care what kind of data they're used on. Binary, ascii, Unicode, it's all just bytes to Linux and the commands. But there are times when it makes a difference to you what kind of data is in a file. If you're specifically looking for printable data in a mostly binary file, the command to use is "strings." Read the full tip at LinuxLookup."
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