|Linux / Unix Command: chown|
NAMEchown - change file owner and group
SYNOPSISchown [OPTION]... OWNER[:[GROUP]] FILE...
chown [OPTION]... :GROUP FILE...
chown [OPTION]... --reference=RFILE FILE...
DESCRIPTIONThis manual page documents the GNU version of chown. chown changes the user and/or group ownership of each given file, according to its first non-option argument, which is interpreted as follows. If only a user name (or numeric user ID) is given, that user is made the owner of each given file, and the files' group is not changed. If the user name is followed by a colon or dot and a group name (or numeric group ID), with no spaces between them, the group ownership of the files is changed as well. If a colon or dot but no group name follows the user name, that user is made the owner of the files and the group of the files is changed to that user's login group. If the colon or dot and group are given, but the user name is omitted, only the group of the files is changed; in this case, chown performs the same function as chgrp.
Change the owner and/or group of each FILE to OWNER and/or GROUP.
- -c, --changes
- like verbose but report only when a change is made
- affect the referent of each symbolic link, rather than the symbolic link itself
- -h, --no-dereference
- affect symbolic links instead of any referenced file (available only on systems that can change the ownership of a symlink)
- change the owner and/or group of each file only if its current owner and/or group match those specified here. Either may be omitted, in which case a match is not required for the omitted attribute.
- -f, --silent, --quiet
- suppress most error messages
- use RFILE's owner and group rather than the specified OWNER:GROUP values
- -R, --recursive
- operate on files and directories recursively
- -v, --verbose
- output a diagnostic for every file processed
- display this help and exit
- output version information and exit
SEE ALSOThe full documentation for chown is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and chown programs are properly installed at your site, the command
- info chown
should give you access to the complete manual.
Important: Use the man command (% man) to see how a command is used on your particular computer.