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How can I change the Owner/group of a folder in SCO?

I did:

ls -l

and got the following:

drwxr-xr-x 9 root root 512 Jul 2 10:09 opt

I have tried:

chown /opt

But that hasn't worked.

The user I am wanting to use is: test

I have asked another question (different thread) about how to change the folder permissions, but realized I still won't be able to create folders in the /opt folder with root being the owner and group - if test is not part of the root group.

Gaining root privileges in SCO

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Did you read the manual? I don't have SCO but I presume chown works as in oridnary unix:

       chown [OPTION]... [OWNER][:[GROUP]] FILE...

       [...] If  only a colon is given, or if the entire operand is empty, nei‐
       ther the owner nor the group is changed.

So try

chown test /opt

In case you want to change the group also, use

chown test:testgroup /opt
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I have just tried 'chown test /opt' and got this message below it: "chown: cannot change owner ID of /opt: Operation not permitted (error 1)" – Kevdog777 Jul 13 '12 at 11:00
You need to be root in order to be able to do the operation. Or use asroot (sudo equivalent of SCO) – Jari Laamanen Jul 13 '12 at 11:04
...or tfadmin if you're actually in SCO unixware. – Jari Laamanen Jul 13 '12 at 11:12
Thank you, I had to "log out" as the test user and log in as the root, and have managed to change the owner there, now will try again. – Kevdog777 Jul 13 '12 at 12:30

You can change the owner for any folder like this

sudo chown -R username:username Dir name
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This does not just change owner/group of both Dir and name, but also the owner/group of every file and directory under both directories Dir and name (of course assuming both are directories). – Anthon Oct 21 '13 at 7:14

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