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NAME         top

       install - copy files and set attributes

SYNOPSIS         top

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       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

       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options

              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

              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

              preserve SELinux security context

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

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

       --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:

       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         top

       Written by David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS         top

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COPYRIGHT         top

       Copyright © 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU
       GPL version 3 or later <>.
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO         top

       Full documentation at:
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) install invocation'

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GNU coreutils 8.29              December 2017                     INSTALL(1)