Re: [dev] why avoid install?

From: pancake <>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:01:50 +0100

install does this in a shot, using 'cp' is just a 20% of what install does:

rm -> to ensure that the file is not being used

the rm part is important, because otherwise the cp may fail if the
prorgam is running.

also, a useful install target ihave in some programs of me is doing a
which does ln -fs instead of cp. that is useful when you dont want to
run 'make install'
every time you build. i know thats insecure and that the files can only
be used by
the current user and root, but it can be also installed on a different
path. but i
this this is not a problem for suckless software and probably not
interesting to have
it in that slinstall thing

On 11/18/2014 09:56 PM, FRIGN wrote:
> On Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:49:36 -0500
> Wolfgang Corcoran-Mathe <> wrote:
>> There is this.[1] But if the issue is unlinking a running target,
>> (a) how often is this an issue, considering one will often be make
>> install-ing to a package directory, and (b) isn't this what
>> POSIX cp -f is for?
> Exactly!
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