The GNU Build System provides means to automatically rename
executables and manpages before they are installed (see Man Pages).
This is especially convenient
when installing a GNU package on a system that already has a
proprietary implementation you do not want to overwrite. For instance,
you may want to install GNU
gtar so you can
distinguish it from your vendor’s
This can be done using one of these three
Prepend prefix to installed program names.
Append suffix to installed program names.
sed program on installed program names.
The following commands would install hello as /usr/local/bin/test-hello, for instance.
~/amhello-1.0 % ./configure --program-prefix test- … ~/amhello-1.0 % make … ~/amhello-1.0 % sudo make install …