[PLUG] 'install' utility; how do I...

Jason R. Martin nsxfreddy at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 09:35:47 PST 2006

On 1/12/06, David Fleck <david.fleck at mchsi.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Jan 2006, Kevin Karwaski wrote:
> > You should take a look at rsync (http://rsync.samba.org/). rsync has
> > the ability to do recusive copies, preserve file permissions, and much
> > much more.
> Thanks, but... not to sound cranky, but I already know how to do this
> *with other tools*.  What I'd like to know is if it's possible using
> 'install'.  If not, it makes me wonder what advantages, if any, 'install'
> has.

install sets ownership and permission attributes, whereas other tools
can only set them to the current user or preserve the existing

> I suppose that it's possible there are none, and install is simply
> obsolete in the face of modern versions of things like tar, rsync, and cp.

Modern?  A recursive cp hardly seems like an incredibly "new" concept...


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