[aur-general] install instead of mkdir and cp, was: Re: TU application

Lukas Fleischer archlinux at cryptocrack.de
Sat Oct 29 11:20:57 EDT 2011

On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 04:13:18PM +0200, Christoph wrote:
> Out of curiosity:
> > * Use install(1) instead of mkdir(1) and cp(1).
> Why? I find the install command sometimes a bit uncomfortable, especially if 
> you have to copy a hierarchy of directories (and their content). What is the 
> advantage of install over mkdir and cp? Is there a solution for reversively 
> copying directories using install?

install(1) allows you to create directory hierarchies (both "-d" and
"-D" create all components of the specified directories), copy files and
set permissions with a single command. There are a few other reasons for
using install(1), e.g. in Makefiles [1]. In regard to packaging,
convenience and consistency seem to be the most important points to me.

> Cheers,
> Christoph

[1] http://en.chys.info/2009/05/install-vs-cp-and-mmap/

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