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Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: May 2008Index
chmod - change file mode bits
]... OCTAL-MODE FILE
]... --reference=RFILE FILE
This manual pagedocuments the GNU version ofchmod
changes the file mode bits of each given file according tomode
,which can be either a symbolic representation of changes to make, oran octal number representing the bit pattern for the new mode bits.
The format of a symbolic mode is [ugoa...][[+-=][perms...]...],wherepermsis either zero or more letters from the setrwxXst, or a single letter from the set ugo.Multiple symbolicmodes can be given, separated by commas.
A combination of the letters ugoa controls which users' accessto the file will be changed: the user who owns it (u), otherusers in the file's group (g), other users not in the file'sgroup (o), or all users (a). If none of these are given,the effect is as if a weregiven, but bits that are set in the umask are not affected.
The operator + causes the selected file mode bits to be added tothe existing file mode bits of each file; - causes them to beremoved; and = causes them to be added and causes unmentionedbits to be removed except that a directory's unmentioned set user andgroup ID bits are not affected.
The letters rwxXst select file mode bits for the affected users:read (r), write (w), execute (or search for directories)(x), execute/search only if the file is a directory or alreadyhas execute permission for some user (X), set user or group IDon execution (s), restricted deletion flag or sticky bit(t). Instead of one or more of these letters, you can specifyexactly one of the letters ugo: the permissions granted to theuser who owns the file (u), the permissions granted to otherusers who are members of the file's group (g),and the permissions granted to users that are in neither of the two precedingcategories (o).
A numeric mode is from one to four octal digits (0-7), derived byadding up the bits with values 4, 2, and 1. Omitted digits areassumed to be leading zeros.The first digit selects the set user ID (4) and set group ID (2) andrestricted deletion or sticky (1) attributes. The second digitselects permissions for the user who owns the file: read (4), write (2),and execute (1); the third selects permissions for other users in thefile's group, with the same values; and the fourth for other users notin the file's group, with the same values.
chmodnever changes the permissions of symbolic links; thechmodsystem call cannot change their permissions. This is not a problemsince the permissions of symbolic links are never used.However, for each symbolic link listed on the command line,chmodchanges the permissions of the pointed-to file.In contrast,chmodignores symbolic links encountered during recursive directorytraversals.
SETUID AND SETGID BITSchmod
clears the set-group-ID bit of aregular file if the file's group ID does not match the user'seffective group ID or one of the user's supplementary group IDs,unless the user has appropriate privileges. Additional restrictionsmay cause the set-user-ID and set-group-ID bits ofMODE
to be ignored. This behavior depends on the policy andfunctionality of the underlyingchmod
system call. When indoubt, check the underlying system behavior.
chmodpreserves a directory's set-user-ID and set-group-ID bits unless youexplicitly specify otherwise. You can set or clear the bits withsymbolic modes likeu+sandg-s,and you can set (but not clear) the bits with a numeric mode.
RESTRICTED DELETION FLAG OR STICKY BIT
The restricted deletion flag or sticky bit is a single bit, whoseinterpretation depends on the file type. For directories, it preventsunprivileged users from removing or renaming a file in the directoryunless they own the file or the directory; this is called therestricted deletion flag
for the directory, and is commonly found on world-writable directorieslike /tmp
. For regular files on some older systems, the bitsaves the program's text image on the swap device so it will load morequickly when run; this is called thesticky bit
Change the mode of each FILE to MODE.
- -c, --changes
- like verbose but report only when a change is made
- do not treat `/' specially (the default)
- fail to operate recursively on `/'
- -f, --silent, --quiet
- suppress most error messages
- -v, --verbose
- output a diagnostic for every file processed
- use RFILE's mode instead of MODE values
- -R, --recursive
- change files and directories recursively
- display this help and exit
- output version information and exit
Each MODE is of the form `[ugoa]*([-+=]([rwxXst]*|[ugo]))+'.
Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.
Report bugs to <bug-coreutilsAATTgnu.org>.
Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
The full documentation forchmodis maintained as a Texinfo manual. If theinfoandchmodprograms are properly installed at your site, the command
- info coreutils 'chmod invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
- SETUID AND SETGID BITS
- RESTRICTED DELETION FLAG OR STICKY BIT
- REPORTING BUGS
- SEE ALSO
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