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bin/72355: Can't run "strings" on a (disk) device, even if you want to



>Number:         72355
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       Can't run "strings" on a (disk) device, even if you want to
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Quarter:        
>Keywords:       
>Date-Required:
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Oct 05 15:00:39 GMT 2004
>Closed-Date:
>Last-Modified:
>Originator:     Pierre Beyssac
>Release:        FreeBSD 5.3-BETA5 i386 and 6.0-current
>Organization:
ENST
>Environment:
System: FreeBSD bofh.enst.fr 5.3-BETA5 FreeBSD 5.3-BETA5 #2: Mon Sep 27 19:38:14 CEST 2004 beyssac_(_at_)_bofh_(_dot_)_enst_(_dot_)_fr:/usr/src/sys/i386/compile/BOFH i386

>Description:

Cannot "strings" a disk device even if you want to:

	# strings /dev/da2s1
	strings: Warning: '/dev/da2s1' is not an ordinary file
	#

Two misfeatures in one:
1. the warning is bogus, it is actually treated as an error: strings
   exits instead of going on with its job as would seem logical.
2. there is no documented way to override this behaviour.

>How-To-Repeat:
>Fix:

	Unknown.
>Release-Note:
>Audit-Trail:
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