CHOWN(1B) BSD Compatibility Package Commands CHOWN(1B)


NAME


chown - change owner

SYNOPSIS


/usr/ucb/chown [-fR] owner[.group] filename...


DESCRIPTION


chown changes the owner of the filenames to owner. The owner can be
either a decimal user ID (UID) or a login name found in the password
file. An optional group can also be specified. The group can be either a
decimal group ID (GID) or a group name found in the GID file.


In the default case, only the super-user of the machine where the file
is physically located can change the owner. The system configuration
option {_POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED} and the privileges PRIV_FILE_CHOWN and
PRIV_FILE_CHOWN_SELF also affect who can change the ownership of a file.
See chown(2) and privileges(5).

OPTIONS


The following options are supported:

-f
Do not report errors.


-R
Recursively descend into directories setting the ownership of all
files in each directory encountered. When symbolic links are
encountered, their ownership is changed, but they are not
traversed.


USAGE


See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of chown when
encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2^31 bytes).

FILES


/etc/passwd
Password file


SEE ALSO


chgrp(1), chown(2), group(4), passwd(4), attributes(5), largefile(5),
privileges(5)


June 21, 2004 CHOWN(1B)