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chown(8)							      chown(8)

Name
       chown - change owner and, optionally, group

Syntax
       /etc/chown [ -fR ] owner[.group] file...

Description
       The  command  changes  the owner and, optionally, group for one or more
       files and directories.  The value for file can be  a  full  or  partial
       path.   The value for owner can be either a decimal UID or a login name
       found in the password file.  The value for group can be either a	 deci‐
       mal GID or a group name found in the group file.

       Only  the  superuser can change the ownership of a file.	 The superuser
       can also change the group of a file.  The owner	of  a  file  can  only
       change  the  group,  but the owner must be a member of any group speci‐
       fied.

Options
       -f   Inhibits display of errors that are returned  when	cannot	change
	    the owner or group of the specified files.

       -R   Causes  to recursively descend any directories subordinate to file
	    and to set the owner, group, or both for  each  file  encountered.
	    When  symbolic  links are encountered, changes the owner and group
	    for the link file itself but does not traverse the path associated
	    with the link.  The option is useful only when file is a directory
	    that is not empty.

Examples
       Change the owner of to ecbell:
       /etc/chown ecbell myfile

       Change the owner of to craig and group of to admin:
       /etc/chown craig.admin myfile

       Change the owner to richart and group to eng for	 the  directories  and
       and for all files and directories on any levels subordinate to and
       /etc/chown -R richart.eng projecta projectb

Files
       See Also
	      chgrp(1),	 chown(2),  group(5), group(5yp),
	      passwd(5), passwd(5yp)

								      chown(8)
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