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Manual page for CHOWN(8)

chown - change owner

SYNOPSIS

/usr/etc/chown [ -fHR ] owner[.group] filename ...

DESCRIPTION

chown changes the owner of the filenames to owner. The owner may be either a decimal user ID (UID) or a login name found in the password file. An optional group may also be specified. The group may be either a decimal group ID (GID) or a group name found in the GID file.

Only the super-user can change owner, in order to simplify accounting procedures.

OPTIONS

-f
Do not report errors.
-R
Recursively descend into directories setting the ownership of all files in each directory encountered. When symbolic links are encountered, their ownership is changed, but they are not traversed.

FILES

/etc/passwd
password file

SEE ALSO

chgrp.1 chown.2v group.5 passwd.5


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