chown confusion

Noel Jones noeldude at
Thu Apr 27 22:07:19 UTC 2006

On 4/27/06, Huy Ton That <huyslogic at> wrote:
> Okay I'm feeling like an idiot now, if i chowned a directory such that
> user 'x' had the ownership of a given directory and was in group 'alpha'
> user 'b' needed to add files to the said directory and was in group 'alpha'
> now I know usually you do chown :groupname <dir/file> or chown
> user:groupname <dir/file> to change ownership however...
> I can limit a directory to only a user, but I want to limit it not at a user
> level, but at a group level such that all users in a group can write to a
> file.
> An option to remove ownership perhaps chown -:groupname does this make
> sense?

Sounds as if you want to change the permissions to allow group
read/write of the directory, at which point the owner won't matter.
You probably want something like:
# chgrp groupname dirname
# chmod ug+rwx dirname

Noel Jones

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