INSTALL(1) User Commands INSTALL(1)
ginstall - copy files and set attributes
install [OPTION]... SOURCE DEST (1st format)
install [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY (2nd format)
install -d [OPTION]... DIRECTORY... (3rd format)
In the first two formats, copy SOURCE to DEST or multiple SOURCE(s) to the existing DIREC-
TORY, while setting permission modes and owner/group. In the third format, create all
components of the given DIRECTORY(ies).
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file
-b like --backup but does not accept an argument
-C Install file, unless target already exists and is the same as the new file, in
which case the modification time won't be changed.
treat all arguments as directory names; create all components of the specified
-D create all leading components of DEST except the last, then copy SOURCE to DEST;
useful in the 1st format
set group ownership, instead of process' current group
set permission mode (as in chmod), instead of rwxr-xr-x
set ownership (super-user only)
apply access/modification times of SOURCE files to corresponding destination files
strip symbol tables, only for 1st and 2nd formats
-S, --suffix=SUFFIX override the usual backup suffix
print the name of each directory as it is created
--help 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:
never make backups (even if --backup is given)
make numbered backups
numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
always make simple backups
Written by David MacKenzie.
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
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install (coreutils) 4.5.3 October 2002 INSTALL(1)