How to change recursively the owner of all files in a directory


Using the chown command, the owner of UNIX files can be changed. An option of chown allows you to change the ownership of all files and subdirectories of a directory.

To change the owner to for example “webmaster” of all files in the directory called html in the current working directory:

chown -R webmaster html

/chown –R “owner” “directory”/

You can add the UNIX group information (for example, www) to this command to recursively change the user and group in one command:

chown -R webmaster:www html

/chown –R “owner:group” “directory”/

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