FCHOWN(P) POSIX Programmer's Manual FCHOWN(P)
fchown - change owner and group of a file
int fchown(int fildes, uid_t owner, gid_t group);
The fchown() function shall be equivalent to chown() except that the file whose owner and group are changed is specified by the file
Upon successful completion, fchown() shall return 0. Otherwise, it shall return -1 and set errno to indicate the error.
The fchown() function shall fail if:
EBADF The fildes argument is not an open file descriptor.
EPERM The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file or the process does not have appropriate privilege and
_POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED indicates that such privilege is required.
EROFS The file referred to by fildes resides on a read-only file system.
The fchown() function may fail if:
EINVAL The owner or group ID is not a value supported by the implementation. The fildes argument refers to a pipe or socket or an fat-
tach()-ed STREAM and the implementation disallows execution of fchown() on a pipe.
EIO A physical I/O error has occurred.
EINTR The fchown() function was interrupted by a signal which was caught.
The following sections are informative.
Changing the Current Owner of a File
The following example shows how to change the owner of a file named /home/cnd/mod1 to "jones" and the group to "cnd".
The numeric value for the user ID is obtained by extracting the user ID from the user database entry associated with "jones". Similarly,
the numeric value for the group ID is obtained by extracting the group ID from the group database entry associated with "cnd". This example
assumes the calling program has appropriate privileges.
struct passwd *pwd;
struct group *grp;
fildes = open("/home/cnd/mod1", O_RDWR);
pwd = getpwnam("jones");
grp = getgrnam("cnd");
fchown(fildes, pwd->pw_uid, grp->gr_gid);
chown() , the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, <unistd.h>
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