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CHFLAGS(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		    CHFLAGS(1)

     chflags --	change file flags

     chflags [-R [-H | -L | -P]] flags file ...

     The chflags utility modifies the file flags of the	listed files as	speci-
     fied by the flags operand.

     The options are as	follows:

     -H	     If	the -R option is specified, symbolic links on the command line
	     are followed.  (Symbolic links encountered	in the tree traversal
	     are not followed.)

     -L	     If	the -R option is specified, all	symbolic links are followed.

     -P	     If	the -R option is specified, no symbolic	links are followed.
	     This is the default.

     -R	     Change the	file flags for the file	hierarchies rooted in the
	     files instead of just the files themselves.

     The flags are specified as	an octal number	or a comma separated list of
     keywords.	The following keywords are currently defined:

	   arch	   set the archived flag (super-user only)
	   opaque  set the opaque flag (owner or super-user only)
	   nodump  set the nodump flag (owner or super-user only)
	   sappnd  set the system append-only flag (super-user only)
	   schg	   set the system immutable flag (super-user only)
	   sunlnk  set the system undeletable flag (super-user only)
	   uappnd  set the user	append-only flag (owner	or super-user only)
	   uchg	   set the user	immutable flag (owner or super-user only)
	   uunlnk  set the user	undeletable flag (owner	or super-user only)
	   archived, sappend, schange, simmutable, uappend, uchange,
		   uimmutable, sunlink,	uunlink
		   aliases for the above

     Putting the letters "no" before an	option causes the flag to be turned
     off.  For example:

	   nouchg  the immutable bit should be cleared

     Symbolic links do not have	flags, so unless the -H	or -L option is	set,
     chflags on	a symbolic link	always succeeds	and has	no effect.  The	-H, -L
     and -P options are	ignored	unless the -R option is	specified.  In addi-
     tion, these options override each other and the command's actions are de-
     termined by the last one specified.

     You can use "ls -lo" to see the flags of existing files.

     The chflags utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error	occurs.

     ls(1), chflags(2),	stat(2), fts(3), symlink(7)

     The chflags command first appeared	in 4.4BSD.

BSD				  May 2, 1995				   BSD


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