GNU bug report logs - #11449
RFE: support `install -D` with directory target

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Package: coreutils; Severity: wishlist; Reported by: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@HIDDEN>; dated Fri, 11 May 2012 01:42:02 UTC; Maintainer for coreutils is bug-coreutils@HIDDEN.
Severity set to 'wishlist' from 'normal' Request was from Assaf Gordon <assafgordon@HIDDEN> to control <at> debbugs.gnu.org. Full text available.

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From: Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@HIDDEN>
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Subject: RFE: support `install -D` with directory target
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Hi.


Using cp, one can for example execute

	cp foo/bar.txt /tmp/foo/

to have /tmp/foo/bar.txt in place after a successful copy operation, 
provided the directory /tmp/foo exists. If it does not, one has to mkdir 
it beforehand naturally. I thought that using `install -D` would remedy 
this, however found that, in coreutils up to including 8.16,

	install -D foo/bar.txt /tmp/foo/

is not implemented - the program returns the error

	install: target `/tmp/foo/' is not a directory: No such file or 
	directory

On the other hand, the following command succeeds:

	install -D foo/bar.txt /fmp/foo/bar.txt

Specifying the file's basename again on the target side argument 
(/tmp/foo/bar.txt) seems redundant, given install is "just a spruced-up 
cp".
Would you consider enhancing install to support "/tmp/foo/"?


thanks,
Jan




Acknowledgement sent to Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@HIDDEN>:
New bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to bug-coreutils@HIDDEN. Full text available.
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bug#11449; Package coreutils. Full text available.
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