INSTALLSection: User Commands (1)
Updated: March 2007
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NAMEinstall - copy files and set attributes
SYNOPSISinstall [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
install [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
install [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...
install [OPTION]... -d DIRECTORY...
In the first three forms, copy SOURCE to DEST or multiple SOURCE(s) to the existing DIRECTORY, while setting permission modes and owner/group. In the 4th form, create all components of the given DIRECTORY(ies).
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
- make a backup of each existing destination file
- like --backup but does not accept an argument
- -d, --directory
- treat all arguments as directory names; create all components of the specified directories
- create all leading components of DEST except the last, then copy SOURCE to DEST
- -g, --group=GROUP
- set group ownership, instead of process' current group
- -m, --mode=MODE
- set permission mode (as in chmod), instead of rwxr-xr-x
- -o, --owner=OWNER
- set ownership (super-user only)
- -p, --preserve-timestamps
- apply access/modification times of SOURCE files to corresponding destination files
- -s, --strip
- strip symbol tables
- -S, --suffix=SUFFIX
- override the usual backup suffix
- -t, --target-directory=DIRECTORY
- copy all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
- -T, --no-target-directory
- treat DEST as a normal file
- -v, --verbose
- print the name of each directory as it is created
- display this help and exit
- output version information and exit
The backup suffix is `~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable. Here are the values:
- none, off
- never make backups (even if --backup is given)
- numbered, t
- make numbered backups
- existing, nil
- numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
- simple, never
- always make simple backups
AUTHORWritten by David MacKenzie.
REPORTING BUGSReport bugs to <email@example.com>.
COPYRIGHTCopyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
SEE ALSOThe full documentation for install is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and install programs are properly installed at your site, the command
- info install
should give you access to the complete manual.