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install — copy files and set attributes

TL;DR

install {{path/to/source}} {{path/to/destination}}

install -o {{user}} {{path/to/source}} {{path/to/destination}}

install -g {{user}} {{path/to/source}} {{path/to/destination}}

install -m {{+x}} {{path/to/source}} {{path/to/destination}}

install -p {{path/to/source}} {{path/to/destination}}

Synopsis

install [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
install [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
install [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...
install [OPTION]... -d DIRECTORY...

Description

This install program copies files (often just compiled) into destination locations you choose.  If you want to download and install a ready-to-use package on a GNU/Linux system, you should instead be using a package manager like yum(1) or apt-get(1).

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.

--backup[=CONTROL]

make a backup of each existing destination file

-b

like --backup but does not accept an argument

-c

(ignored)

-C, --compare

compare each pair of source and destination files, and in some cases, do not modify the destination at all

-d, --directory

treat all arguments as directory names; create all components of the specified directories

-D

create all leading components of DEST except the last, or all components of --target-directory, 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

--strip-program=PROGRAM

program used to strip binaries

-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

-P, --preserve-context

preserve SELinux security context (-P deprecated)

-Z

set SELinux security context of destination file and each created directory to default type

--context[=CTX]

like -Z, or if CTX is specified then set the SELinux or SMACK security context to CTX

--help

display this help and exit

--version

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

Author

Written by David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/install>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) install invocation'

Referenced By

bundle(1), bundle-binstubs(1), bundle-config(1), bundle-exec(1), bundle-package(1), bundle-update(1), dput(5), ebuild(5), gauche-install(1), shtool(1), shtool-install(1), star(1).

November 2016 GNU coreutils 8.26 User Commands