Man Page Minute – chmod
chmod – change file access permissionsSYNOPSIS
chmod [OPTION]… MODE[,MODE]… FILE…
chmod [OPTION]… OCTAL-MODE FILE…
chmod [OPTION]… –reference=RFILE FILE…
This manual page documents the GNU version of chmod. chmod changes the
permissions of each given file according to mode, which can be either a
symbolic representation of changes to make, or an octal number repre
senting the bit pattern for the new permissions.
The format of a symbolic mode is [ugoa…][[+-=][rwxXs
tugo…]…][,…]. Multiple symbolic operations can be given, sepa
rated by commas.
A combination of the letters ugoa controls which users access to the
file will be changed: the user who owns it (u), other users in the
files group (g), other users not in the files group (o), or all users
(a). If none of these are given, the effect is as if a were given,
but bits that are set in the umask are not affected.
The operator + causes the permissions selected to be added to the
existing permissions of each file; – causes them to be removed; and
= causes them to be the only permissions that the file has.
The letters rwxXstugo select the new permissions for the affected
users: read (r), write (w), execute (or access for directories) (x),
execute only if the file is a directory or already has execute permis
sion for some user (X), set user or group ID on execution (s), sticky
(t), the permissions granted to the user who owns the file (u), the
permissions granted to other users who are members of the files group
(g), and the permissions granted to users that are in neither of the
two preceding categories (o).
A numeric mode is from one to four octal digits (0-7), derived by
adding up the bits with values 4, 2, and 1. Any omitted digits are
assumed to be leading zeros. The first digit selects the set user ID
(4) and set group ID (2) and sticky (1) attributes. The second digit
selects permissions for the user who owns the file: read (4), write
(2), and execute (1); the third selects permissions for other users in
the files group, with the same values; and the fourth for other users
not in the files group, with the same values.
chmod never changes the permissions of symbolic links; the chmod system
call cannot change their permissions. This is not a problem since the
permissions of symbolic links are never used. However, for each sym
bolic link listed on the command line, chmod changes the permissions of
the pointed-to file. In contrast, chmod ignores symbolic links encoun
tered during recursive directory traversals.
On older Unix systems, the sticky bit caused executable files to be
hoarded in swap space. This feature is not useful on modern VM sys
tems, and the Linux kernel ignores the sticky bit on files. Other ker
nels may use the sticky bit on files for system-defined purposes. On
some systems, only the superuser can set the sticky bit on files.
When the sticky bit is set on a directory, files in that directory may
be unlinked or renamed only by the directory owner as well as by root
or the file owner. Without the sticky bit, anyone able to write to the
directory can delete or rename files. The sticky bit is commonly found
on directories, such as /tmp, that are world-writable.
Change the mode of each FILE to MODE.
like verbose but report only when a change is made
do not treat / specially (the default)
fail to operate recursively on /
-f, –silent, –quiet
suppress most error messages
output a diagnostic for every file processed
use RFILEs mode instead of MODE values
change files and directories recursively
–help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Each MODE is of the form [ugoa]*([-+=]([rwxXst]*|[ugo]))+.
Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.
Report bugs to <[email protected]>.
Copyright 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the
terms of the GNU General Public License
<http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the
extent permitted by law.
The full documentation for chmod is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If
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