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Chapter 3. Unix Basics for Mac OS X > More about File & Directory Ownership

More about File & Directory Ownership

Normally when you create a new file, you are given ownership of that file and it is assigned to your default group. Your default group is assigned to you when you are given your user account by the system administrator (sysadmin). You can belong to multiple groups at the same time. Unless the system administrator specifically assigns you to a different group, in Mac OS X, the default group is staff. This applies to single user systems, too.

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  • The root user can use the chown and chgrp commands to change the ownership of a file or directory. You can learn more about these commands by viewing their man pages. In the Terminal window, type man chown or man chgrp and press to view the command’s man pages.



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