Prefix file contents with filename

strings -f sample.txt

By: knoppix5
2012-03-15 08:27:07

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strings -f sample.txt Is similar to: grep -H . sample.txt
unixmonkey32914 · 500 weeks and 2 days ago
Urgh! This ignores blank lines, short lines, anything in UTF8. You're lucky to get out the file you put in.
flatcap · 500 weeks and 2 days ago
Thanks. Your command works for non-ASCII encodings without change too, with 'strings' one has to add an option: strings -fe S sample.txt S = single-8-bit-byte characters
knoppix5 · 500 weeks and 2 days ago
@unixmonkey32914 grep -H '.\|' sample.txt doesn't omit empty lines
knoppix5 · 500 weeks and 2 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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