I'm trying to install
colordiff in a custom directory because I do not have
sudo privileges. I did make the directories hard-coded in the Makefile as stated in the README, but I'm getting this error:
... chown root.root /share/edu-mei/colordiff/1.0.13/etc/colordiffrc chown: changing ownership of `/share/edu-mei/colordiff/1.0.13/etc/colordiffrc': Operation not permitted make: [install] Error 1 (ignored) ...
Changing this file ownership is not really a problem (probably the reason that the author ignores this). However I'm not familiar with this usage of
The manpage from chown says that the command syntax is:
chown [OPTION]... [OWNER][:[GROUP]] FILE... chown [OPTION]... --reference=RFILE FILE...
But the command executed is
chown root.root $file.
What does the syntax with a dot rather than a colon mean?