Linux Symlink chown

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If you create a symlink via SSH then chances are you are logged in as the root user and the symlink will be created as root. Usually though you will want to the symlink to belong to another owner:group.

If you try to use chown it will silently fail to change the ownership of the symlink, though instead it will change the ownership of the file the symlink is pointing to.

If you want to make it actually change the owner:group of the symlink, us the switch -h.

For example:

chown -h user:group symlink

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