This post will guide you how to find the group name of a given file or direcotry using stat command in your Linux operating system. How do I find File or directory Owner name and group name from the command line use a command under CentOS or RHEL Linux system.
- Stat Command
- List File or Directory Owner and Group Name Using Ls Command
- List File or Directory Owner and Group Name Using Stat Command
Stat command can be used to display file or file system status. Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
The syntax of the Stat command is as follows:
stat [OPTION]... FILE...
-c --format=FORMAT use the specified FORMAT instead of the default; output a newline after each use of FORMAT
If you want to find the owner and group names for a given file or directory in your Linux terminal, and you can use the
ls command with “
For example, you want to find owner and group name of a directory called
/tmp, and type:
$ ls -ld /tmp
[devops@mydevops ~]$ ls -ld /tmp drwxrwxrwt. 16 root root 4096 Oct 15 09:35 /tmp
From the above outputs, and you would see that the owner name of
tmp direcotry is root. and the group name of
tmp direcotry is also root.
You can also use another command called
stat to find out owner and group name of a file, you just need to run
stat command followed file name, type:
$ stat /tmp
$ stat -c "Owner is:%U Group name is: %G" /tmp
[devops@mydevops ~]$ stat /tmp File: /tmp Size: 4096 Blocks: 8 IO Block: 4096 directory Device: fd00h/64768d Inode: 101027767 Links: 16 Access: (1777/drwxrwxrwt) Uid: ( 0/ root) Gid: ( 0/ root) Context: system_u:object_r:tmp_t:s0 Access: 2019-05-10 20:33:06.000000000 -0400 Modify: 2019-10-15 09:35:17.152940027 -0400 Change: 2019-10-15 09:39:55.208097455 -0400 Birth: - [devops@mydevops ~]$ stat -c "Owner is:%U Group name is: %G" /tmp Owner is:root Group name is: root
if you want to get more help about stat command, and you can check its man page or help page with the following commands:
$ man stat $ stat --help
[devops@mydevops ~]$ stat --help Usage: stat [OPTION]... FILE... Display file or file system status. Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too. -L, --dereference follow links -f, --file-system display file system status instead of file status -c --format=FORMAT use the specified FORMAT instead of the default; output a newline after each use of FORMAT --printf=FORMAT like --format, but interpret backslash escapes, and do not output a mandatory trailing newline; if you want a newline, include \n in FORMAT -t, --terse print the information in terse form --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit The valid format sequences for files (without --file-system): %a access rights in octal (note '#' and '0' printf flags) %A access rights in human readable form %b number of blocks allocated (see %B) %B the size in bytes of each block reported by %b %C SELinux security context string %d device number in decimal %D device number in hex %f raw mode in hex %F file type %g group ID of owner %G group name of owner %h number of hard links %i inode number %m mount point %n file name %N quoted file name with dereference if symbolic link %o optimal I/O transfer size hint %s total size, in bytes %t major device type in hex, for character/block device special files %T minor device type in hex, for character/block device special files %u user ID of owner %U user name of owner %w time of file birth, human-readable; - if unknown %W time of file birth, seconds since Epoch; 0 if unknown %x time of last access, human-readable %X time of last access, seconds since Epoch %y time of last data modification, human-readable %Y time of last data modification, seconds since Epoch %z time of last status change, human-readable %Z time of last status change, seconds since Epoch Valid format sequences for file systems: %a free blocks available to non-superuser %b total data blocks in file system %c total file nodes in file system %d free file nodes in file system %f free blocks in file system %i file system ID in hex %l maximum length of filenames %n file name %s block size (for faster transfers) %S fundamental block size (for block counts) %t file system type in hex %T file system type in human readable form --terse is equivalent to the following FORMAT: %n %s %b %f %u %g %D %i %h %t %T %X %Y %Z %W %o %C --terse --file-system is equivalent to the following FORMAT: %n %i %l %t %s %S %b %f %a %c %d NOTE: your shell may have its own version of stat, which usually supersedes the version described here. Please refer to your shell's documentation for details about the options it supports.
You should know that how to get the owner and group names of a given file or direcotry using ls/stat commands in your CentOS/RHEL/Ubuntu Linux.