BSD 2.11 - man page for chown (bsd section 8)
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chown - change owner
/usr/sbin/chown [ -f -R ] owner[.group] file ...
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.
chgrp(1), chown(2), passwd(5), group(5)
4th Berkeley Distribution May 22, 1986 CHOWN(8)
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