[nSLUG] strings(1) overkill

Monte Stevens montestevens at openmailbox.org
Tue Dec 13 06:51:14 AST 2016

mspencer at tallships.ca (Mike Spencer) writes:

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> The manpage for strings(1) says:
>      Strings displays the sequences of printable characters in each of
>      the specified files...
> but the definition of "printable" seems to have changed.  In newer
> systems (newer versions of strings(1)?), I get lots of non-ASCII, e.g. 
> éàÿÿÿÿ£
> éÐÿÿÿÿ£
> éÀÿÿÿÿ£
> é°ÿÿÿÿ£
> é ÿÿÿÿ£
> ÿÿÿÿ£$
> ÿÿÿÿ£(
> (Dunno how that will render for you.  In my Emacs it renders as
> printable but non-ASCII Roman chars, degree symbol and UKPound sign.)
> which is, in fact, binary stuff that I'm not looking for.  Is there
> way to defeat this short of hacking the source or rolling my own?

Have you tried the 'encoding' option ( -e/ --encoding )?

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