The chown command is used on Unix-like systems to change the owner of a file.

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Using dot (.) as delimiter to specify group in chown

I've always done: chown nimmylebby:admins file I see that this also works: chown nimmylebby.admins file Might seem like a silly question but I'm genuinely curious on how the latter works. It ...
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How can I make chown permissions be permanent to files even after running the chown command? [on hold]

I am running CentOS 6. So I decided to take a more patient approach to building my server because I have had issues with it performing properly in the past. So now, I am very very close to fixing ...
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CentOS 5.4 NFS v4 client file permissions differ from original files & NFS Share file contents

Having a strange problem with NFS share and file permissions on the 1 out of the 2 NFS clients, web1 has file permissions issues but web2 is fine. web1 and web2 are load balanced web servers. So ...
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chowned root directory recursive [duplicate]

accidently I did "chown -R www-data:www-data /" (I wanted to chown current directory). Is the only good way now to set the system up again from beginning? waaaah -.- Thanks
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bad ownership or modes for chroot directory component

I created the user MY_USER. Set his home dir to /var/www/RESTRICTED_DIR, which is the path he should be restricted to. Then I edited sshd_config and set: Match user MY_USER ChrootDirectory ...
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Mounted Gluster volume keeps reverting to “root” permissions

Ive got GlusterFS running on an AWS server and its mounted to another AWS server. The folder that is mounted though keeps reverting to "root" ownership, when this happens uploads fail from the web ...
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Reset Permissions and Ownership Script

On a development server (Ubuntu 14.04) we have this shell script running every minute on cron: for dir in /home/*; do username=$(basename $dir) echo "changing ownership to $username in ...
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Folder permission (user + group) for sub directory and files automatically for vsftp [closed]

Update: Fixed it. root@hostname:/var# chmod u+s /var/www root@hostname:/var# ls -l root@hostname:/var# drwsrwsrwx 3 root test-group 4096 Jun 19 12:29 www/ Update: I found the command ...
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chown: changing ownership of `.': Invalid argument

I'm trying to install some new files on our new server while our sysadmin is in holidays: Here is my df # df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sdb3 273G ...
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Change permission for home directory on debian [duplicate]

My Debian machine is running DirectAdmin and we have build our own CMS. By now, when we create a new website a new folder and user will created down the /home/ directory. As an developer to setup ...
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Permission samba shared www folder

I'm having trouble with permissions on a samba shared folder on ubuntu server 14.04. This is the www one. But actually, it's in /home/administrateur. As I want to preserve my www folder whatever ...
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Maintain setgid bit (after bower install or gulp build)

We run web servers where we have the following situation: The www-data user runs the web server and must have read+write access to the files The deploy user deploys all the code The bob and alice ...
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Rsync from a local laptop to a VPS with correct ownerships

So I have this workflow which works but is clumsy" RSYNC to ultrapress.co rsync -azP --delete /Users/rocketadmin/Sites/vagrant-local/www/wordpress-default/wp-content/themes ...
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Linux permissions in /var/www: What settings can I use for good security practice and still maintain accessibility?

I'm primarily trying to set permissions inside of /var/www . We are using a project format which has the following structure in common for each project: /var /www /runtime /shared /project.com ...
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Find, chown and exclude directories

I would like to change the ownership of all files and directories but exclude some directories: find -user test ! -path "./dir1/*" ! -path "./dir2/*" -exec chown -R root:root {} \; The ownership of ...
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What could cause *every* command in RHEL to be executed by root?

Recently I was asked to look at a system for a "friend" that left me completely stumped. Their original problem stated to me: They have a RHEL 5.10, gnome desktop fairly typical install They are ...
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Add permissions for a user to folders and files [closed]

I have a user jenkins that creates files and folders in (on ubuntu) : /var/jenkins/workspace/my-project e.g: drwxr-xr-x 2 jenkins jenkins 4096 Mar 21 16:41 ./ drwxr-xr-x 8 jenkins jenkins 4096 ...
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Using chown: Any substantial difference between assigning ownership of the entire directory vs just the files in it? [closed]

An example: Say Apache needs to have ownership of all the files in /var/www/html to serve the pages of a website. Is there any danger in making Apache the owner of this directory (and files and ...
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chown / owner group permission confusion on lamp stack

I've got a few problems with permission/owner group setup on my VPS. It's running LAMP (Ubuntu 12.10, apache2, mysql 5.5, PHP 5.5.8). I've setup vsftpd as a forum platform I'm running needs ftp ...
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force group assignment in chrooted sftp environment

I've got the following setting: There are several users /home/user1, /home/user2, and so on. Additionally there is a user /home/sftp-all. The folder /home/sftp-all/shared is mounted in every other ...
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How can I make my public directory writable by nginx and user? [closed]

I have my WordPress site newly hosted on a small Linux box with Nginx. Nginx runs as the user www-data just like apache, so I have the entire public_html directory owned by www-data so that WordPress ...
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How to safely change owner:group recursively?

I'm copying one users home directory to be the home directory of user #2, and therefore need to chown the contents to the new user. Running: find /home/user2 -user user1 -exec chown user2 '{}' \; ...
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FTP user not able to see or access anything?

I am trying to make an FTP account for a user, and it is not working. The user wants to be able to ftp to his sites home directory, and change stuff. I created a user(MEvans) and set the home ...
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ls permission denied even with execute permissions

I chowned recusively /srv/site to www-data:www-data and chmodded it recursively with ug+rwx. I then added myself to group www-data. $ sudo usermod -a -G www-data cyrus $ sudo chgrp -R www-data ...
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Limit sudo to only one directory and it's subdirectories by sudoers file

So I would like to limit Apache to only change permissions in a certain folder and all of it's sub-directories, so this is what I have in my sudoers file apache ALL= (ALL) NOPASSWD: /bin/chmod -R ...
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Chown in sudoers file : Safe or not?

Is it safe to add this command in sudoers file? mike ALL= NOPASSWD:/bin/chown -R www-data\:www-data /var/www and this is the only command that I want to run $mike@ubuntu: sudo chown -R ...
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How to auto chown/chgrp files after FTP upload?

I have a new VPS setup with Debian + LEMP stack. Wondering how to automatically chown/chgrp new files uploaded via FTP to /srv/www/siteroot to www-data:www-data? I am under the assumption this can ...
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What are the proper chown settings for images? [duplicate]

I am testing a piece of software that is working except for some SVG images that are not showing. When I preview them using Firebug in Firefox, it says "Failed to load the given URL," however, when I ...
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Fastest way to chown a whole device (xfs)

I need to chown 1.5 million files on a drive. I'm currently doing: sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /root-of-device but it takes an awfully long time to run. I was wondering if there was some sort ...
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Permission denied with chmod 750 even if a user is just added to a group

I have a weird bug, I have: a user A a group B another group C I create a folder and then chown it A:B and chmod it 750. After usermod -aG A C, C should have the right to go to the newly created ...
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Why is kjournald extremely active on a mostly quiescent filesystem?

Note: This is a "documenting my process" question that I'll be writing an answer to. Happily, serverfault already helped me solve this, because writing up my situation so others would be able to ...
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vsftpd can't upload to mounted directory

I have read many, many help pages today trying to fix this, and I'm still nowhere closer. vsftpd config file: anonymous_enable=NO local_enable=YES write_enable=YES ...
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Recovering from a system-wide chown?

I have a Linux web server with multiple sites being hosted with CPanel. I was having trouble accessing a site, so I ran this command: chown -R root:root /home/evalreal/. While waiting for the command ...
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Basic clarification about Limited FTP/sFTP users

I would like to get some clarification about the correct way to create limited users to access to my VPS user as WEBSERVER with Nginix. I'm used to NOT install FTP and access via SFTP only. It is ok ...
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SSH: FTP created <user> logs into the wrong directory

Ok here's the deal - im new to SSH and have been googling around trying to figure this out. Objective for me has been to create a FTP user that can login only to: /var/www/mydomain.com/ - however what ...
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CentOs, Folder Permissions

I would like to give an FTP user permission to write in a folder but should not be able to alter other files in the folder or sub folder in the main folder. I have a root account, we are using the ...
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Using chown to change the group owner of a directory is not permitted…Why?

I am trying to execute chown on a directory that has the following permissions and owners: drwxrwxr-x 2 justin devs 4096 Jan 1 20:42 test I am trying to simply execute the following as the justin ...
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Purpose of -r option in chown [closed]

Newbie here. Can someone please explain what it means to do something "recursively", in plain language? I have looked at search results for HOURS without finding anything that simply says what it ...
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Default owner and group for new files/folders [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to set up default group permission in linux folder I'm uploading to /var/www via SFTP and wondered how I can get it so when I upload a file or folder it always has ...
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How to revert mass ownership change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: revert chmod 777 / -R I accidentally executed the chown someuser * -R while I was at / on my server. I thought maybe by issuing chown root * -R would somehow fix it. But ...
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Ubuntu - Group users create new files/directory always: -rwxrwxr-x / drwxrwxr-x

I got a directory in which my group is the owner. The group has two users, however, when a user create a directory the other user can't move the files. Why is that and how can I change so that the ...
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DRBD heartbeat's resource role trouble in centos 5.4 by mysql files owner change?

I am using 2 machines with centos,mysql,drbd,heartbeat,asterisk. node 1 has hdc :SAMSUNG HD160JJ/P, ATA DISK drive kernel version 1 SMP Tue Aug 21 17:50:26 EDT 2012 kernel release ...
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Chown operation not permitted for root

I try to chown the owner of a file to root, but I can't. I'm doing this as root. I get the following message: chown: changing ownership of `ps': Operation not permitted
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Directory ownership keeps changing

I run my own git server on my debian server. I use gitosis for access control. I noticed that my /opt/vc directory changes ownership from git:git to myUsername:myDefaultGroup every so often. Almost ...
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How to Chown a directory recursively including hidden files or directories

Seems like chown with the recursive flag will not work on hidden directories or files. Is there any simple workaround for that?
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How do I enable a group of users to edit files in Ubuntu var/www?

I'm hoping someone will be able to direct or help me understand how I can enable multiple users to edit the same files/folders in Ubuntu EC2 server (11.10). I currently use Transmit, the Terminal ...
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Automatically change UID of file

Due to development policies, all my relevant server files have g+w policies. This is working great, but, for added accountability, I'd like the files to change owner UID upon being edited by other ...
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Recovering from bad chown command

I was going to change the ownership of a directory to apache:apache, but I ended up running: chown -R apache:apache / Bad! Very bad! I knew what was going on when it started saying: chown: ...
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Permissions nightmare - tried all I know

Working on a new client's dev site, which is a wordpress install on a Plesk box. I have SSH root access, and FTP access through a separate account. What I've done so far Initially I couldn't make ...
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After Changing Permisions, Plesk,Root,Mysql is Down

i have connected on Root with SSH Access. Becouse i transfer the files with root, all files was root own. I need it to be on other user, so i was connected on as my current folder: ...