Subject: strings ...
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Malcolm Herbert <email@example.com>
Date: 04/09/2006 21:43:38
Is there any particular reason why /usr/bin/strings is in the comp.tgz
tarball instead of, say, text.tgz?
I recently built a box and purposely did not install the compiler and
was surprised to discover that it wasn't there when I wanted it ... :)
I find it useful for situations where a manual entry for a program isn't
available (for example) rather than just for compiling. strings can
often give clues as to options or environment variables a particular
binary is expecting if the source is otherwise unavailable or
inscrutable ... :)
It's also useful for peering into other binary chunks of data at times
... such as Word documents or other non-text files.
I'm happy enough to unpack just that file and any dependancies it has,
but all the same it I thought it Odd ...
 I'm aware that nm or the link toolchain can do a similar job, but
those I would expect to find in comp.tgz
Malcolm Herbert This brain intentionally
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