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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 DIRECTORY(ies).

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file
like --backup but does not accept an argument
Install file, unless target already exists and is the same as the new file, in which case the modification time won't be changed.
-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; useful in the 1st format
-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, only for 1st and 2nd formats
-S, --suffix=SUFFIX override the usual backup suffix
-v, --verbose
print the name of each directory as it is created
-P, --preserve_context (SELinux) Preserve security context
-Z, --context=CONTEXT
(SELinux) Set security context of files and directories
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


Written by David MacKenzie.  


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The 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 coreutils install

should give you access to the complete manual.