The chown command shell of a Unix-like operating system (such as GNU / Linux) is used to change the owner of a particular file.

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How to fix broken “etc/sudoers” ownership on EC2?

Backstory: I was trying to get PHP to execute node, but ended up changing permissions / ownerships on probably more files and folders than I should of. At one point I stumbled upon someone's ...
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Logging into new FTP server, but no directories show up

I've tried this with both ProFTPD and SFTP. I'm trying to chroot a user to /var/www/user however when I log in to the FTP server with their account, I get "/var/www/user: No such file or directory". ...
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Rsync (-aR) Create a destination subdirectory with same permissions as top folder in source directory?

I'm using rsync to grab some modules within a web platform. I am able to pull things ok, the -aR relative flag works fine, and the structure is correctly replicated into a subfolder called "...
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Best way to ensure the contents of a directory is always owned by Apache

We have a couple Apache VirtualHosts on a CentOS 7 server, and the PHP sometimes requires the ability to create/edit/delete files and/or folders, so it's important that the permissions always be ...
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Directory access not permitted

I recently installed the Open Virtual Desktop (Community Edition) on CentOS 6.6. I tried to open the folder created for a particular session. When the session was logged in, the folder could be ...
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How to use wilcards on chown command?

I need to use wildcards on chown command. Example: # chown app:demo /opt/app/users/*/demo But does not work. What can I do?
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Change owner on its own directory

I have a script running with the user user1:user1, making operations inside a directory dir. At the end of the script, I would like to use chown to change the owner of the script to user2:user2 But ...
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Script asks for root password even it has executable permissions for everyone

I have a script with name "somescript", which has executable permissions for everyone (755) but when I try to run it with a non-root user it keeps asking root password. I even tried setting to 4755 ...
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Subversion sudo svn update changes file ownership and rwx

I'm limiting permissions on a certain file, settings.py in my svn-linked directory so that it can only be read by sudo users and apache, which goes by the username, www-data. So, on settings.py, I've ...
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SFTP to multiple users access to same directory and take delete permission

I am trying to give permissions to multiple users to access var/www/my.com/folder2, which is owned by www-data. So simply I have a lot of sftp users and everyone only accessing to var/www/my.com/...
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Unix chown/give permissions to www-data and user

I have a user, 'joe', to whom I would like to grant permissions (for /var/www/html/) so that I can use ftp (with vsftpd) So I run this command: sudo chown -R joe /var/www/html/ And that goes well, ...
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Unable to change owner on a mapped drive directory

I am using a script to copy files from amazon instances to a network drive using rsync. After the file copy I am trying to change the owner of these transferred files but am not able to. What is the ...
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Confirmation prompt for chmod, chown

I'm just trying to add a confirmation prompt to a few linux commands like chmod and chown. I've tried to google this but I can't find much information on the topic. While searching I found out ...
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SSHFS mount marked all files as hidden

I ran chown -R me:me /opt/web/ftp-mounts/ which affected files on sshfs ftp mounts. The remote server hosts IIS based websites. I might have messed up the file permissions on the remote host. Now ...
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Is there any existing tool to recursively substitute the UID/GID by any other?

I used to own the UID #1000 on my personal computers as it is the default in most Linux distributions. On my new computer, I own a completely different UID (which I cannot change). I want to access ...
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How to chown file to containing folders owner

How would you go to chown a file to the containing folder's owner lets say I moved a file from /home/userA/folder/abc.bin towards: /home/userB/finalfolder/abc.bin How can I chown abc.bin ...
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Why can't I use my newly created user with chown?

So I am attempting to create a new user and group, and then change ownership of a directory to that new user/group. However, when I do, chown comes back with an "illegal user name" message. Here's a ...
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chown -R root:root .* in /root performs chown on /

When running the command in the title from /root it somehow jumps up to / and changes ownership for ALLfiles, i only noticed because error messages for /proc popped up. Maybe i'm getting old but ...
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Why I can't access to this directory after that I use the chown command?

I am not so into Linux and I have the following problem. I have installed a LAMP environment of an Ubuntu Linux system dedicated to the develop (it is on my PC and it is not a production server). So ...
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chown not working on ext4 hard drive

I have a new 3TB internal hard drive and after writing some data to it I completely zero'd the drive using DD. I then created a partition table (GPT) in Gparted and created an ext4 partition. All went ...
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chown -R does not set permissions of files. only directories

Hello i am setting up a server nginx gives 403 Permission dinied. I found out that somehow the command chown -R root:www-data /my_directory only set the permissions of directories. When i use ls -...
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Make my custom program root

I have a custom program in C, that iterates trough a directory and writes a log file with the contents in my home. However, it cannot acces /var/log/ /etc/ and other root folders. How to change that? ...
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wubi chown mysql to the /host folder not working

I installed wubi in D: driver. Since I want to store mysql database folder in D: driver which has a lot more space than inside wubi. I copy /var/lib/mysql to /host/mysql then change the database dir ...
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chown - operation not permitted as root

I'm using ISPConfig + Apache2 on a Debian server. I created a user which is going to be used for a certain client folder in /var/www/clients. Whenever I run the command chown -R user123 client2 as ...
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Checking if specific user used chown on specific directories?

I recently granted one user sudo access rights on test server. This morning I see that server is screwed up. I see that owner rights where changed on many directories. For example many root ...
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Change default permissions for new files and folders

Every time I create a new file or folder in Linux, it is accessible for r/w by myself, not the group. I want to change my system setting such that every new file or folder will be automatically ...
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Is it possible to disable chmod/chown from sudoers for these specific directories /usr and /etc?

There has been two occasions where I have accidentally chmod-ized 777 the whole direcotry of /etc and it has forced me to come to the decision that I'd be better off to do fresh installation of OS (...
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Granting full rights on all files (owned by su) within certain directory

I got some trouble with a server situation, where i keep some configuration files in a sub-directory of a web project. Using my superuser account, i make changes to these files, which NetBeans commits ...
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Changing privilege rights on Arch Linux for a particular program

I am quite new to linux and have had issues surrounding every program that I install. Basically, anything that is placed outside of my home directory requires a sudo call prior to opening/executing. I ...
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Unable to retain any root created files and folders after warm reboot in linux

I installed and ran petalinux on zynq board. It runs perfectly fine and boot in around 3 seconds. To boot it this fast I had to do some configuration before compiling the source. The problem that I ...
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Ubuntu file ownership issue

I've got a problem with my forum platform being unable to install modifications, as it complains the "Packages" directory isn't writeable. It's chmodded to 0777, so it's not a permission issue, but an ...
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chown for files generated by a process running as root

I have a Fedora server running an application as root (via sudo). The users operating the application can extract data with "Save as" menu from inside the application. However, the generated files has ...
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chown: invalid user: ‘www–data:www-data’

I'm experiencing strage problem. I simple need to give permissions www-data to a folder chown -R www–data:www-data /somefolder chown: invalid user: ‘www–data:www-data’ grep www-data /etc/passwd www-...
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I want the “apache” user to own a dir but other users are adding via WinSCP [duplicate]

This is a fairly simple problem to explain but it is really annoying me and I could do with some advice. How to I ensure that apache is user : group owner of a dir no matter who uploads to it.. the ...
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Always have to chown when adding new file? Centos 6

Whenever I upload a new file to my server, I have to chown -R apache:apache /dir in order for it to be accessible. Is there an easier way around this?
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CentOS: How to prevent a user from executing an application installed in a specific directory

I have an application installed in /etc/mydir. I have executed the following to remove the ability for users to execute this program. chown root:group1 /etc/mydir -R chmod 700 /etc/mydir -R I ...
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What should I do to secure, chmodly wise, my server?

I want to let my friend access my server so he can host his website. Let's call him Joris. # useradd joris note that I'm Debian. So now a /home/joris has been created. This is cool and all. BUT. He ...
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some doubts about chown command in linux?

I am pretty new in Linux and I have a doubt related to the use of the chown command use. If I have something like this: chown -R root:root /usr/share/MyApplicationDirectory What exactly mean? I ...
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How should chmod and chown be used together?

I recently sold my mac, and before doing so I put its files on an external HDD. Now I'm using Linux to move those files to a larger HDD, but some folders still retained some residual mac permissions, ...
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Convert ls -ld to chmod/chown commands

X home dir permissions: drwxr-xr-x Y home dir permissions: drwxr-x--x So my question is, how can i convert drwxr-x--x to a chmod/chown command so I can put the same permissions that Y has on his home ...
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Can chmod 777 ubituitously replace the need for chown ?

Its clear to me that the chmod 777 command will make any file, theoretically, accessible/readable/writeable/executable/ by any user. But are there instances where, even with a world writable/...
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Change owner of the root folder and subfolders (Ubuntu 13.04)

I accidentally set owner of root folder (/) and all subfolders to one user by command $ sudo chown -R 'userName' /* Now I wanna set owner back to root user by command $ chown -R root:root /* But ...
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Take control of all disks/filesystems automatically in linux (Kali)

I have two mac disks plugged into my Linux Kali and for the life of me I cannot get ownership of them. (LaCie) I don't have this problem in Windows or Mac, I just copy the files. Drag and drop. But ...
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Can't change folder permissions on FAT32 partition-Mac OSX

In have an external hard drive which has two partitions: Mac OSX Extended Journaled MS-DOS FAT Basically if I select get info for any file/folder on the FAT partition, there is no option to change ...
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Unix User groups permissions

When I try to run an application I have 'moved' by zippping + unzipping from one host to another it says :This program can only be executed by users in group 1002. Can Anybody please decipher what ...
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Accidentally ran “chown -R ubuntu:ubuntu /”, how to repair?

I accidentally ran "chown -R ubuntu:ubuntu /" on a cluster of 10 servers. I've since managed to repair the majority of the filesystem by initially editing /etc/rc.local, placing a lot of chown ...
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Understanding file ownership Linux

I have a Java program on my Linux box and I wanted to create a little one-liner shell script in /bin to prevent having to navigate to the folder of the program and setting all the command line ...
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Previous version of CGAL with Macports: “Error: Unable to execute port: Could not open file”

I'm trying to install a previous port of cgal with macports. I'm following this How-to: http://trac.macports.org/wiki/howto/InstallingOlderPort I already read this answer but it didn't solve for me. (...
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changing the ownership of a file in linux

I have a file "test" on an Ubuntu system owned by the root. The ls -l option is shown below. $ ls -l test -r--r----- 1 root abacus 373 Nov 12 19:19 test I know that only the owner of a file can ...
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Rsync: after copying as root, change owner to the web user

I seem to come up against this issue occasionally: serverA assets: owned by user: apache (no 'ftp' user present) serverB assets: owned by user: ftp (apache user present, but not used) I connect ...