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1. Name

chgrp - change group ownership

2. Synopsis

chgrp [OPTION]... GROUP FILE...
chgrp [OPTION]... --reference=RFILE FILE...

3. Description

Change the group of each FILE to GROUP. With --reference, change the group of each FILE to that of RFILE.

-c, --changes
like verbose but report only when a change is made
--dereference
affect the referent of each symbolic link (this is the default), rather than the symbolic link itself
-h, --no-dereference
affect each symbolic link instead of any referenced file (useful only on systems that can change the ownership of a symlink)
--no-preserve-root
do not treat ‘/’specially (the default)
--preserve-root
fail to operate recursively on ‘/’
-f, --silent, --quiet
suppress most error messages
--reference=RFILE
use RFILE’s group rather than specifying a GROUP value
-R, --recursive
operate on files and directories recursively
-v, --verbose
output a diagnostic for every file processed

The following options modify how a hierarchy is traversed when the -R option is also specified. If more than one is specified, only thefinal one takes effect.

-H
if a command line argument is a symbolic link to a directory, traverse it
-L
traverse every symbolic link to a directory encountered
-P
do not traverse any symbolic links (default)
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

4. Examples

chgrp staff /u
Change the group of /u to "staff".
chgrp -hR staff /u
Change the group of /u and subfiles to "staff".

5. Author

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

6. Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html >
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

8. See Also

The full documentation for chgrp is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and chgrp programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info chgrp

should give you access to the complete manual.

 


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