fchown (3p) - Linux Man Pages
fchown: change owner and group of a file
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fchown - change owner and group of a file
The fchown() function shall fail if:
- The fildes argument is not an open file descriptor.
- The effective user ID does not match the owner of the file or the process does not have appropriate privilege and _POSIX_CHOWN_RESTRICTED indicates that such privilege is required.
The file referred to by fildes resides on a read-only file system.
The fchown() function may fail if:
The owner or group ID is not a value supported by the implementation.
The fildes argument refers to a pipe or socket
or an fattach()-ed STREAM and the implementation disallows execution of fchown() on a pipe.
- A physical I/O error has occurred.
- The fchown() function was interrupted by a signal which was caught.
Changing the Current Owner of a File
The following example shows how to change the owner of a file named /home/cnd/mod1 to "jones" and the group to "cnd".
The numeric value for the user ID is obtained by extracting the user ID from the user database entry associated with "jones". Similarly, the numeric value for the group ID is obtained by extracting the group ID from the group database entry associated with "cnd". This example assumes the calling program has appropriate privileges.
#include <sys/types.h> #include <unistd.h> #include <fcntl.h> #include <pwd.h> #include <grp.h> struct passwd *pwd; struct group *grp; int fildes; ... fildes = open("/home/cnd/mod1", O_RDWR); pwd = getpwnam("jones"); grp = getgrnam("cnd"); fchown(fildes, pwd->pw_uid, grp->gr_gid);
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