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50.3. Who Will Own a New File?

If you share files with other users, it's good to be able to tell who will own each file. On many systems, this is even more important because only the superuser can change file ownership (Section 50.14, Section 50.15).

  1. When you create a new file, it belongs to you.

  2. When you append to a file with >>file, the owner doesn't change because Unix doesn't have to create a new file.

  3. When you rename a file with mv, the ownership doesn't change.

    Exception: if you use mv to move a file to another filesystem, the moved file will belong to you, because to move across filesystems, mv actually has to copy the file and delete the original.

  4. When you copy a file, the copy belongs to you because you created it (Section 50.9).

  5. When you edit a file:

If you aren't sure, use ls -l (Section 50.2).

-- JP

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