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MAN page from Mandriva 2009 coreutils-doc-6.12-2.5mdv2009.0.i586.rpm

CHOWN

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: May 2008
Index 

NAME

chown - change file owner and group 

SYNOPSIS

chown[OPTION]... [OWNER][:[GROUP]] FILE...
chown[OPTION]... --reference=RFILE FILE... 

DESCRIPTION

This manual pagedocuments the GNU version ofchown.chownchanges the user and/or group ownership of each given file. Ifonly an owner (a user name or numeric user ID) is given, that user is made theowner of each given file, and the files' group is not changed. If theowner is followed by a colon and a group name (or numeric group ID),with no spaces between them, the group ownership of the files ischanged as well. If a colon but no group name follows the user name,that user is made the owner of the files and the group of the files ischanged to that user's login group. If the colon and group are given,but the owner is omitted, only the group of the files is changed;in this case,chownperforms the same function aschgrp.If only a colon is given, or if the entire operand is empty, neither theowner nor the group is changed. 

OPTIONS

Change the owner and/or group of each FILE to OWNER and/or GROUP.With --reference, change the owner and group of each FILE to those of RFILE.

-c, --changes
like verbose but report only when a change is made
--dereference
affect the referent of each symbolic link (this isthe default), rather than the symbolic link itself
-h, --no-dereference
affect each symbolic link instead of any referencedfile (useful only on systems that can change theownership of a symlink)
--from=CURRENT_OWNER:CURRENT_GROUP
change the owner and/or group of each file only ifits current owner and/or group match those specifiedhere. Either may be omitted, in which case a matchis not required for the omitted attribute.
--no-preserve-root
do not treat `/' specially (the default)
--preserve-root
fail to operate recursively on `/'
-f, --silent, --quiet
suppress most error messages
--reference=RFILE
use RFILE's owner and group rather thanspecifying OWNER:GROUP values
-R, --recursive
operate on files and directories recursively
-v, --verbose
output a diagnostic for every file processed

The following options modify how a hierarchy is traversed when the -Roption is also specified. If more than one is specified, only the finalone takes effect.

-H
if a command line argument is a symbolic linkto a directory, traverse it
-L
traverse every symbolic link to a directoryencountered
-P
do not traverse any symbolic links (default)
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

Owner is unchanged if missing. Group is unchanged if missing, but changedto login group if implied by a `:' following a symbolic OWNER.OWNER and GROUP may be numeric as well as symbolic. 

EXAMPLES

chown root /u
Change the owner of /u to "root".
chown root:staff /u
Likewise, but also change its group to "staff".
chown -hR root /u
Change the owner of /u and subfiles to "root".
 

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering. 

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs to <bug-coreutilsAATTgnu.org>. 

COPYRIGHT

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. 

SEE ALSO

chown(2)

The full documentation forchownis maintained as a Texinfo manual. If theinfoandchownprograms are properly installed at your site, the command

info coreutils 'chown invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
EXAMPLES
AUTHOR
REPORTING BUGS
COPYRIGHT
SEE ALSO

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