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Bug 65024 - "chown --from=user:group anotheruser:anothergroup file" does not change the owner+group of the file, even though the u+g matches those of the file
"chown --from=user:group anotheruser:anothergroup file" does not change the o...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: fileutils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: wdovlrrw
Aaron Brown
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Reported: 2002-05-16 05:45 EDT by Oskari Ojala
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:42 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-07-01 12:43:30 EDT
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Description Oskari Ojala 2002-05-16 05:45:04 EDT
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Description of problem:
The --from parameter of chown does not match the files, even though it should.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
(as root)
1. touch somefile.txt
2. ls -ls|grep somefile.txt
0 -rw-r--r--   1 root    root    0 May 16 12:37 somefile.txt
(file is owned by root:root, as it should)
3. chown --from=root:root nobody:nobody somefile.txt
4. ls -ls|grep somefile.txt
0 -rw-r--r--   1 root    root    0 May 16 12:37 somefile.txt
(file is still owned by root:root, should be nobody:nobody)

Actual Results:  The file's owner and group did not change.

Expected Results:  The file should be owned by the new user and group given:
0 -rw-r--r--   1 nobody nobody   0 May 16 12:37 somefile.txt

Additional info:

Using version 4.1 from fileutils-4.1-4. The version 4.1 of chown copied from
Debian to a Red Hat system seems to work correctly with this.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2002-07-01 12:43:26 EDT
I'm getting the correct results with fileutils 4.1.9 from rawhide.

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