How to Change File Owner in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS

October 15, 2014 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

Change File Owner in Ubuntu 14.04

You are Welcome! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-step How to Change File/Directory Owner on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr LTS GNU/Linux.

And the Ubuntu 14.04 Change File Owner instruction is to Set a different Owner for Files and Directories on the Ubuntu Linux File System.

Furthermore, Mastering the Ownerships Over Files and Directories is the First Step in Setting Up Permissions and so Establishing a Security over the System.

Finally, Following the Tutorial You will Get a Little Practice with the Ubuntu Linux Shell Command Line.

How to Change File Owner in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty - Featured
  1. Open Terminal Console Window
    Ctrl+Alt+t
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    How to Change File Owner in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty - Featured
  2. Command Line Tutorial for Beginners Ubuntu 14.04

    Ubuntu Console Quick Start
  3. Who Can Set/Change the Ownership?

    Only the Administrators or a Super-User Can Change a File/Directory Ownership!

  4. How to Set/Change the Ownership?

    • To Set/Change Ownership Over a Single File/Directory:

      sudo su -c "chown [myUser]:[myGroup] [myEntity]"

      Where [myUser] is your’s user Name & [myGroup] is your’s user Primary Group.

      How to Look Up User Name & Group on Terminal

      Find User Name & Group

      For Instance:

      mkdir -p $HOME/hello/world

      Now to Give the ‘world’ Directory to the ‘root’ User do:

      sudo su -c "chown root:root $HOME/hello/world"

      Checking Ownership:

      ls -l $HOME/hello
    • To Set/Change Permissions Recursively Over a Directory and it’s Content (Subdirectories and Files):

      sudo su -c "chown -R [myUser]:[myGroup] [myEntity]"

      For Instance:

      sudo su -c "touch $HOME/hello/world/happy"

      Checking Ownership:

      ls -l $HOME/hello && ls -l $HOME/hello/world

      Now to Get Back the ‘world’ Directory with the ‘happy’ File:)

      sudo su -c "chown -R [myUser]:[myGroup] $HOME/hello/world"

      Check again Ownership like Above…

  5. How to Set Permissions on Ubuntu File System

    Ubuntu Permissions Quick Start
  6. Ubuntu Best Software Installation Guides:
    Best Software to Install on Ubuntu.


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