chown

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chown
The chown command
The chown command
Developer(s)AT&T Bell Laboratories
Initial releaseNovember 3, 1971; 47 years ago (1971-11-03)
Operating systemUnix and Unix-like
TypeCommand

The command chown, an abbreviation of change owner, is used on Unix and Unix-like operating systems to change the owner of file system files, directories. Unprivileged (regular) users who wish to change the group membership of a file that they own may use chgrp.

The ownership of any file in the system may only be altered by a super-user. A user cannot give away ownership of a file, even when the user owns it. Similarly, only a member of a group can change a file's group ID to that group[1]

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chown name_of_new_owner file_name

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