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



NAME
       chown - change owner

SYNOPSIS
       /usr/etc/chown [ -fHR ] owner[.group] filename ...

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

       Only the super-user can change owner, in order to  simplify  accounting
       procedures.

OPTIONS
       -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.

FILES
       /etc/passwd         password file

SEE ALSO
       chgrp(1), chown(2V), group(5), passwd(5)



                               9 September 1987                       CHOWN(8)