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Python os.lchown() Method

Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another section of our tutorial on Python. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about the Os lchown() method.

The Python os lchown() method changes the owner and group id of path to the numeric uid and gid. This method does not follow the symbolic links. To leave one of the ids unchanged, set it to -1.


The following below is the syntax for Python Os lchown() method -

os.lchown(path,  uid,  gid);

Parameter Details

  • path - This is the path for which the owner id and group id need to be set up.
  • uid - This is the Owner ID that is to be set for the file.
  • gid - This is the Group ID that is to be set for the file.

Return Value

It does not return any value.


The following below is a simple example -


import os, sys

# Open a file
path = "/var/www/html/foo.txt"
fd = os.open( path, os.O_RDWR|os.O_CREAT )

# Close opened file
os.close( fd )

# Now change the file ownership.
# Set a file owner ID
os.lchown( path, 500, -1)

# Set a file group ID
os.lchown( path, -1, 500)

print "Changed ownership successfully!!"

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

print "Changed ownership successfully!!"

Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about the Python OS link() Method.

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