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Change Owner (chown)

Definition - What does Change Owner (chown) 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 (chown)

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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