Linux Command Directory
This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.
Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.
install [options] [source] destination
System administration command. Used primarily in
Back up any existing files. When using the long version of the command, the optional control parameter controls the kind of backup. When no control is specified, install will attempt to read the control value from the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable. Accepted values are:
Never make backups.
Make numbered backups.
Match existing backups, numbered or simple.
Always make simple backups.
Create any missing directories.
Set group ID of new file to group (privileged users only).
Print help message, then exit.
Set permissions of new file to mode (octal or symbolic). By default, the mode is 0755.
Set ownership to owner or, if unspecified, to root (privileged users only).
Preserve access and modification times on source files and directories.
Strip symbol tables.
Print name of each directory as it is created.
Print version, then exit.
Do not overwrite file when the target exists and is identical to the new file. Preserve original timestamp.
Create leading components of destination except the last, then copy source to destination.
Use suffix instead of the default backup suffix, usually ~.