Chmod is used to change the permission for the current owner, group and other
Chown is used to change the owner, group and other
u – User who owns the file.
g – Group that owns the file.
o – Other.
a – All.
r – Read the file.
w – Write or edit the file.
x – Execute or run the file as a program.
CHMOD can also to attributed by using Numeric Permissions:
400 read by owner
040 read by group
004 read by anybody (other)
200 write by owner
020 write by group
002 write by anybody
100 execute by owner
010 execute by group
001 execute by anybody
The above numeric permissions can be added to set a certain permission, for example, a common HTML file on a Unix or Linux server accessible over the Internet would be given the below permissions.
chmod 644 file.htm
This gives the file read/write by the owner and only read by everyone else (-rw-r–r–).
Files such as scripts that need to be executed need more permissions. Below is another example of a common permission given to scripts.
chmod 755 file.cgi
This would be the following 400+040+004+200+100+010+001 = 755 where you are giving all the rights except the capability for anyone to write to the file.cgi file(-rwxr-xr-x).
chmod 666 file.txt
Finally, another common CHMOD permission is 666, as shown below, which is read and write by everyone.
Tip: The above commands are all done through the command line. However, if you upload a file using FTP these permissions can also be adjusted through many FTP clients by right-clicking the file and choosing permissions.
Below is an example of how a file may be listed when typing ( ls -l ) at the prompt as well as information on how to interpret it.
-rw-rw-r– 1 hope 123 Feb 03 15:36 file.txt
|–||rw||rw-||r–||1||hope||123||Feb 03 15:36||file.txt|
|File||owner||group||everyone else||links||owner||size||mod date||file name|