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    Command:

    chown

    
    
    

    SYNOPSIS

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

    DESCRIPTION

           This manual page documents the GNU version of chown.  chown changes the
           user and/or group ownership of each given file.  If only  an  owner  (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 owner  is
           followed  by  a  colon  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 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 and group are given, but the
           owner is omitted, only the group of the files is changed; in this case,
           chown  performs  the same function as chgrp.  If only a colon is given,
           or if the entire operand is empty, neither the owner 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 is the default),
                  rather than the symbolic link itself
    
           -h, --no-dereference
                  affect each symbolic link instead of any referenced file (useful
                  only on systems that can change the ownership of a symlink)
    
           --from=CURRENT_OWNER:CURRENT_GROUP
                  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.
    
           --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 than  specifying  OWNER:GROUP
                  values
    
           -L     traverse every symbolic link to a directory encountered
    
           -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
           changed  to 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 chown bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
           GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
           General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
           Report chown translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>
    
    
    

    COPYRIGHT

           Copyright (C) 2010 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 for chown is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
           the  info  and  chown programs are properly installed at your site, the
           command
    
                  info coreutils 'chown invocation'
    
           should give you access to the complete manual.
    
    
    

    GNU coreutils 8.4 November 2015 CHOWN(1)

    
    
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