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       installit - file/directory installation tool


       installit [ -o owner ] [ -g group ] [ -O owner ] [ -G group ] [ -m mode
       ] [ -b backup ] [ -s ] [ -t ] source destination


       Installit puts a copy of source into the specified destination.

       If source is a period, then destination is taken to be the  name  of  a
       directory  that  should be created.  Otherwise, source is taken to name
       an existing file and destination may be either a file or directory;  it
       is interpreted according to the same rules as cp(1).

       Installit  uses  no  special privileges to copy files from one place to


       -b     If destination names a pre-existing file,  it  will  be  removed
              before  the copy is done.  To make a backup copy, use the ‘‘-b’’
              flag; the existing file will be renamed to  have  the  specified
              extension.  If source and destination are the same string, or if
              the two files are identical, then no copying is done,  and  only
              the  ‘‘-o’’,  ‘‘-g’’,  ‘‘-m’’,  and ‘‘-s’’ flags (see below) are
              processed.   In  this  case,  the  modification  time   on   the
              destination will be updated using touch(1).

       -n     Do not update the modification time on the destination.

       -o -g -m
              Once the destination has been created, it is possible to set the
              owner, group, and mode that it should have.   This  is  done  by
              using the ‘‘-o’’, ‘‘-g’’, and ‘‘-m’’ flags, respectively.

       -O -G  The  ‘‘-O’’  and  ‘‘-G’’  flags  set the owner and group only if
              installit is being run by root, as determined by whoami(1).

       -s     To strip(1) an installed executable, use the ‘‘-s’’ flag.


       Flags cannot be combined.

       The chown(8)  command  must  exist  in  either  the  /etc  or  /usr/etc
       directory or the user’s PATH.

       The  whoami  command must exist in the /usr/ucb directory or the user’s


       Written by Rich $alz <> for  InterNetNews.   This  is
       revision 1.9, dated 1996/10/29.