How To Change Group Ownership Of Files and Directories with chgroup in Linux?
Linux provides different tools for the similar or same functionality.
chgrp is the shortcuts for change group where used to change files group ownership. In this tutorial we will look different uses cases for
chgrp and examples.
chgrp provides similar functionality to
Syntax is simple where we provide options , group name and files in a row.
chgrp OPTION GROUP FILES
Change File Group
We will start with a simple example where we will just just given file group. In this example we will change file named
test to the group named
root. We generally need
root privileges in order to change group. In this example we will use
sudo to get
$ sudo chgrp root test
Change File Group Recursively
Another useful use case for
chgrp is changing group ownership recursively. We will use
-r option for this operation. We will change the group to the
ismail in the directory named
$ sudo chgrp -R ismail /home/ismail/
Change File Group Verbosely
While changing group we may need more information about the operation. We call this as verbose mode. We can see operations verbosely with the
-v option like below. In this example we will change directory named
/home/ismail/.local into group named
ismail recursively and print operations verbosely. We can see that if current file or folder is all ready assigned to the group we want to change we will get a message
$ sudo chgrp -R -v ismail /home/ismail/.local/
Verbose Output Only Group Ownership Change
We may want to see verbose output only if the group ownership of a file or directory is changed. In this situation we can use
-c option. We will use previous example but only show changed files and folder. As we can see changed files will annotated with
from root to ismail which means groups ownership is changed from root to ismail.
$ sudo chgrp -R -c ismail /home/ismail/.local/