INSTALL linux command manual
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 DIRECTORY, while setting permission modes and
owner/group. In the third format, create all components of the given
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
--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
treat all arguments as directory names; create all components
of the specified directories
-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 correspond-
ing 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
-P, --preserve_context (SELinux) Preserve security context
(SELinux) Set security context of files and directories
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
The backup suffix is '~', unless set with --suffix or SIM-
PLE_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.
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install (coreutils) 5.2.1 March 2004 INSTALL(1)