strings linux command

Ever wondered what\'s inside some of those binary files on your system (binary executables or binary data)? Several times I\'ve gotten error messages from some command in the Solaris system, but I couldn\'t tell where the error was coming from because it was buried in some binary executable file.

The Solaris \"strings\" command lets you look at the ASCII text buried inside of executable files, and can often help you troubleshoot problems. For
instance, one time I was seeing error messages like this when a user was trying to log in:

    Could not set ULIMIT

    I finally traced the problem down to the /bin/login command by running the \"strings\" command like this:

        root> strings /bin/login | more

        The strings command lists ASCII character sequences in binary files, and help me determine that the \"Could not set ULIMIT\" error was coming from
        this file. Once I determined that the error message I was seeing was coming from this file, solving the problem became a simple matter.

Kernel ata exception — found workaround.

I have been getting the below errors in my system for quite sometime now, I think since F9 or before that. The offending hardware is CD drive. I looked all around the net for a solution but did not find anything. Will keep looking to solve the problem. I found various solutions being suggested like adding noirq or nobiosirq or noacpi and such. None of this helped. So for now I am happy with turning off the haldaemon as soon as the system comes up. Problem: it takes lot of time to go down 🙁

Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5.00: cmd a0/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel:         cdb 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00  00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel:         res 40/00:02:00:08:00/00:00:00:00:00/b0 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5.00: status: { DRDY }
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5: soft resetting link
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5.00: configured for PIO0
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5.01: configured for UDMA/33
Jan 29 01:53:02 amit kernel: ata5: EH complete

Anyone knows the problem and has a solution, please reply.

Update (30 Jan 2009): If I stop the haldaemon then I do not see the error messages anymore.

Raw file format support in Rawstudio for Linux for FujiFilm cameras.

Finally Rawstudio has decided to add the support for FujiFilm raw file format. The support for FujiFilm cameras was not there in the rawstudio but now the bug reported on the same is marked as fixed and in the next few release, we should see the support for the same. Good going guys.

About Rawstudio:

To get the best quality out of your digital camera, it is often
recommended that you record your pictures in RAW format. This format
is mostly specific to a camera and cannot be read by most image
editing applications.

Rawstudio is an open-source program to read and manipulate RAW
images from most digital cameras.

Rawstudio will convert your RAW files into JPEG, PNG or TIF
images which you can then print or send to friends and clients.

It has a graphical user interface, so you can simply open a
RAW file and experiment with the controls to see how they effect the
image. Rawstudio has a very simple architecture which is optimized for
ease of use and therefore should be intuitive to most photographers.

The normal workflow would be that you first convert your RAW files
and then use an image editing application to further work on your
images. Rawstudio itself is a highly specialized application for
processing RAW images, not a fully featured image editing application.


  • Intuitive GTK+ interface
  • Reads all dcraw supported formats
  • Internal 16bit rgb
  • Color management using Little CMS
  • Batch processing
  • Various post-shot controls (white balance, saturation and exposure compensation among others)
  • Realtime histogram
  • Optimized for MMX, 3dnow! and SSE (detected runtime)
  • Exposure mask
  • Cropping
  • Straighten
  • Easy sorting of images
  • Fullscreen mode for better overview
  • XML settings cache
  • Basic EXIF-reading
  • And much more…