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CHFLAGS(1)                  General Commands Manual                 CHFLAGS(1)

NAME
     chflags -- change file flags

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

DESCRIPTION
     The chflags utility modifies the file flags of the listed files as
     specified 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.)

     -h      If the file or a file encountered during directory traversal is a
             symbolic link, the file flags of the link itself is changed.

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

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

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

     Flags are a comma separated list of keywords.  The following keywords are
     currently defined:

           Keyword       Flag                  Permission
           arch          archived              super-user only
           opaque        opaque                owner or super-user
           nodump        nodump                owner or super-user
           sappnd        system append-only    super-user only
           schg          system immutable      super-user only
           uappnd        user append-only      owner or super-user
           uchg          user immutable        owner or super-user

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

           nouchg  the immutable bit should be cleared

     The -H, -L and -P options are ignored unless the -R option is specified.
     In addition, these options override each other and the command's actions
     are determined by the last one specified.  The default is as if the -P
     option had been specified.

     The -o option of ls(1) is used to display the flags.

     The kernel does not allow the flags on block and character devices to be
     changed except by the super-user.

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

SEE ALSO
     ls(1), chflags(2), lchflags(2), stat(2), fts(3), symlink(7), dump(8),
     init(8)

NetBSD 7.1.2                   December 12, 2012                  NetBSD 7.1.2