Using cp -a to install files will preserve the ownership of the
original files (if possible), which is typically not wanted. E.g., if
the files were built by a normal user, but are being installed by
root, then the installed files would maintain the UIDs/GIDs of the
user that built the files rather than be owned by root.

Signed-off-by: Peter Kjellerstedt <>
 Makefile | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 92cfe7b5..0e8bfd98 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -578,7 +578,7 @@ install: $(libs) $(progs_install) $(INSTALLDIRS)
        $(LN_S) -f btrfs $(DESTDIR)$(bindir)/btrfsck
        $(INSTALL) -m755 -d $(DESTDIR)$(libdir)
        $(INSTALL) $(libs) $(DESTDIR)$(libdir)
-       cp -a $(lib_links) $(DESTDIR)$(libdir)
+       cp -d $(lib_links) $(DESTDIR)$(libdir)
        $(INSTALL) -m755 -d $(DESTDIR)$(incdir)
        $(INSTALL) -m644 $(headers) $(DESTDIR)$(incdir)
 ifneq ($(udevdir),)

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