Is there a way to build and install only a few of the GNU coreutils?
The README in coreutils-8.19.tar.xz lists 100-odd, but the INSTALL doesn't say how to install only a few, and the Makefile is (to me) opaque.
./configure cd ./lib make cd ../src make version.h make cat make ls
UPDATE as of February 26, 2015:
The recipe above doesn't work in at least coreutils-8.23. I would not recommended building separate files.
The following shows the complexity of internal dependencies for
./configure make src/version.h make lib/configmake.h make lib/arg-nonnull.h make lib/warn-on-use.h make lib/fcntl.h make lib/sys/stat.h make lib/selinux/context.h make lib/selinux/selinux.h make lib/unitypes.h make lib/unistr.h make lib/uniwidth.h make lib/getopt.h make src/cat make src/ls