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CHOWN(8)										 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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