[TUHS] History of chown semantics

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Fri Jan 10 14:28:59 AEST 2014

On Thursday,  9 January 2014 at 17:03:44 -0500, Clem Cole wrote:
> I just don't see how having the ability to give away a file to some
> one else made it easier for anyone - system programmer or admin.
> The idea of giving a device back begs the question of how did you
> get ownership in the first place.

A real-life modern example: my wife has a digital camera with a card
that her OS can't read.  So she gives it to me, I take out the card
and read it onto the disk for her, which she then accesses via NFS.
As a result the files belong to me, and to enable her write access, I
have to chmod the directory.  A chown would be more appropriate.

None of this contradicts the issues with allowing non-root chown, but
it does show a valid reason to want to do so.

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