I have a feeling that it is
strings which is thwarting my efforts here.
The binary files I want to use
strings on unfortunately yield several matches per file, even though it is a 100% rule that exactly one of these contains the string with a
NUL character at the end. And THIS is the string I want. I'm also working this way to make sure that false positives are eliminated from the beginning.
Unfortunately, it seems that
strings cannot be taught to preserve the null-bytes so I can
Sample line: (simplified)
$ find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -size +1M -print0 | xargs -0 strings -fwn 3 | grep -w 'XYZ'
strings could be told to keep the
\0 characters, it would even allow something like
... | grep -w 'XYZ[^[:print:]]' at the end of the pipe later.
But of course,
grep is powerless whenever the preceding command in the pipe has already eliminated the '\0'.
I've even thought of a (fairly ugly) way to tackle this problem by
tr'ing each '\0' character to something like '\177' (decimal 255) in the whole file that's being processed.
But that would probably yield too many false positives.
Any better solutions out there?
Additional note: Although this question only covers the most common case (
NUL), an optimum solution would define as one that is suitable for easy adaptation on other non-printable characters used for string termination as well.