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Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:56:56 -0400
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: curious file access problem

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 03:03:09AM +0200, Sebastian Gottschall wrote:
> Hello Guys
> can someone explain why a file read operation on /proc/net/route
> will return everything but the default gateway?
> this happens only with musl and does for sure affect the command
> "route" in busybox
> here a short example of this curiosity
> strings does not print the default gateway.
> cat does print it with default gateway

Which package is the strings command you're using coming from? Have
you looked at strace output for both commands? That might help
determine if it's something weird with how the reading is taking
place, or if strings is just deciding via its own logic that the one
line is non-text.

BTW in the future please send a new email rather than replying to an
existing thread to start a new topic. The way you did it messes up
threading. Just changing the subject does not start a new thread.


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