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chown(8) [bsd man page]

CHOWN(8)						      System Manager's Manual							  CHOWN(8)

NAME
chown - change owner SYNOPSIS
/usr/sbin/chown [ -f -R ] owner[.group] file ... DESCRIPTION
Chown changes the owner of the files to owner. The owner may be either a decimal UID or a login name found in the password file. An optional group may also be specified. The group may be either a decimal GID or a group name found in the group-ID file. Only the super-user can change owner, in order to simplify accounting procedures. No errors are reported when the -f (force) option is given. When the -R option is given, chown recursively descends its directory arguments setting the specified owner. When symbolic links are encountered, their ownership is changed, but they are not traversed. FILES
/etc/passwd SEE ALSO
chgrp(1), chown(2), passwd(5), group(5) 4th Berkeley Distribution May 22, 1986 CHOWN(8)

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CHOWN(2)							System Calls Manual							  CHOWN(2)

NAME
chown - change owner and group of a file SYNOPSIS
int chown(const char *path, int owner, int group) DESCRIPTION
The file that is named by path has its owner and group changed as specified. Only the super-user may change the owner of the file, because if users were able to give files away, they could defeat file-space accounting procedures. The owner of the file may change the group to a group of which he is a member. On some systems, chown clears the set-user-id and set-group-id bits on the file to prevent accidental creation of set-user-id and set- group-id programs. RETURN VALUE
Zero is returned if the operation was successful; -1 is returned if an error occurs, with a more specific error code being placed in the global variable errno. ERRORS
Chown will fail and the file will be unchanged if: [ENOTDIR] A component of the path prefix is not a directory. [ENAMETOOLONG] The path name exceeds PATH_MAX characters. [ENOENT] The named file does not exist. [EACCES] Search permission is denied for a component of the path prefix. [ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating the pathname. (Minix-vmd) [EPERM] The effective user ID is not the super-user. [EROFS] The named file resides on a read-only file system. [EFAULT] Path points outside the process's allocated address space. [EIO] An I/O error occurred while reading from or writing to the file system. SEE ALSO
chown(8), chgrp(1), chmod(2). 4th Berkeley Distribution May 22, 1986 CHOWN(2)

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