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chgrp is the command to change the group owner of a file or a directory.


chgrp [group name] [file/directory name]

Where [group name]] is the group you want to change the ownership to, followed by [file/directory name].



Recursively change group owner of files/directory


  chgrp  family  /usr/pictures
  chgrp  root    /root

Provided by

Most (all?) Linux distributions incorporate this from the GNU Coreutils: man page

Related Commands

  • chown- Changes user/group ownership of a file
  • chmod - Changes the user/group permissions of a file/directory
  • ls - Lists files
  • touch - update timestamps

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