Change Owner

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What Does Change Owner Mean?

Change owner (chown) is a command in Linux that effectively changes the owner of a file. Files in Linux have one owner and one group
assigned, as part of a consistent system for data administration in this operating
system environment.


Techopedia Explains Change Owner

The idea with the “change owner” command is that with files
having one owner, the file owner status controls various access and
authentication for users. In the Linux system, one user can become another user
through commands made in the operating system. Alternately, the user can change
the ownership of a file with a command called “chown.” The syntax of this
command involves something like the following – “chown” (option) – (etc).


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