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2.8 Traversing symlinks

The following options modify how chown and chgrp traverse a hierarchy when the ‘--recursive’ (‘-R’) option is also specified. If more than one of the following options is specified, only the final one takes effect. These options specify whether processing a symbolic link to a directory entails operating on just the symbolic link or on all files in the hierarchy rooted at that directory.

These options are independent of ‘--dereference’ and ‘--no-dereference’ (‘-h’), which control whether to modify a symlink or its referent.


If ‘--recursive’ (‘-R’) is specified and a command line argument is a symbolic link to a directory, traverse it.


In a recursive traversal, traverse every symbolic link to a directory that is encountered.


Do not traverse any symbolic links. This is the default if none of ‘-H’, ‘-L’, or ‘-P’ is specified.

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