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INSTALL(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		    INSTALL(1)

     install --	install	binaries

     install [-bCcMpSsv] [-B suffix] [-f flags]	[-g group] [-m mode]
	     [-o owner]	file1 file2
     install [-bCcMpSsv] [-B suffix] [-f flags]	[-g group] [-m mode]
	     [-o owner]	file1 ... fileN	directory
     install -d	[-v] [-g group]	[-m mode] [-o owner] directory ...

     The file(s) are copied to the target file or directory.  If the destina-
     tion is a directory, then the file	is copied into directory with its
     original filename.	 If the	target file already exists, it is either re-
     named to file.old if the -b option	is given or overwritten	if permissions
     allow.  An	alternate backup suffix	may be specified via the -B option's

     The options are as	follows:

     -b	     Back up any existing files	before overwriting them	by renaming
	     them to file.old.	See -B for specifying a	different backup suf-

     -B	suffix
	     Use suffix	as the backup suffix if	-b is given.

     -C	     Copy the file.  If	the target file	already	exists and the files
	     are the same, then	don't change the modification time of the tar-

     -c	     Copy the file.  This is actually the default.  The	-c option is
	     only included for backwards compatibility.

     -d	     Create directories.  Missing parent directories are created as

     -f	     Specify the target's file flags; see chflags(1) for a list	of
	     possible flags and	their meanings.

     -g	     Specify a group.  A numeric GID is	allowed.

     -M	     Disable all use of	mmap(2).

     -m	     Specify an	alternate mode.	 The default mode is set to rwxr-xr-x
	     (0755).  The specified mode may be	either an octal	or symbolic
	     value; see	chmod(1) for a description of possible mode values.

     -o	     Specify an	owner.	A numeric UID is allowed.

     -p	     Preserve the modification time.  Copy the file, as	if the -C
	     (compare and copy)	option is specified, except if the target file
	     doesn't already exist or is different, then preserve the modifi-
	     cation time of the	file.

     -S	     Safe copy.	 Normally, install unlinks an existing target before
	     installing	the new	file.  With the	-S flag	a temporary file is
	     used and then renamed to be the target.  The reason this is safer
	     is	that if	the copy or rename fails, the existing target is left

     -s	     install exec's the	command	strip(1) to strip binaries so that
	     install can be portable over a large number of systems and	binary

     -v	     Cause install to be verbose, showing files	as they	are installed
	     or	backed up.

     By	default, install preserves all file flags, with	the exception of the
     "nodump" flag.

     The install utility attempts to prevent moving a file onto	itself.

     Installing	/dev/null creates an empty file.

     The install utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error	occurs.

     INS@XXXX  If either -S option is specified, or the	-C or -p option	is
	       used in conjuction with the -s option, temporary	files named
	       INS@XXXX, where XXXX is decided by mkstemp(3), are created in
	       the target directory.

     Historically install moved	files by default.  The default was changed to
     copy in FreeBSD 4.4.

     chflags(1), chgrp(1), chmod(1), cp(1), mv(1), strip(1), mmap(2), chown(8)

     The install utility appeared in 4.2BSD.

     Temporary files may be left in the	target directory if install exits ab-

     File flags	cannot be set by fchflags(2) over a NFS	filesystem.  Other
     filesystems do not	have a concept of flags.  The install utility will
     only warn when flags could	not be set on a	filesystem that	does not sup-
     port them.

     The install utility with -v falsely says a	file is	copied when -C snaps
     hard links.

BSD				  May 7, 2001				   BSD


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