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Recursively change 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 webmaster of all files in the directory called html in the current working directory:

chown -R webmaster html

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

Quinn McHenry
Quinn McHenry
Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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