chflags man page on 4.4BSD

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     chflags — change file flags

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

     The chflags utility modifies the file flags of the listed files as speci‐
     fied 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.)

     -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:

	   opaque  set the opaque flag (owner or super-user only)
	   nodump  set the nodump flag (owner or super-user only)
	   sappnd  set the system append-only flag (super-user only)
	   schg	   set the system immutable flag (super-user only)
	   uappnd  set the user append-only flag (owner or super-user only)
	   uchg	   set the user immutable flag (owner or super-user only)

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

	   nouchg  the immutable bit should be cleared

     Symbolic links do not have flags, so unless the -H or -L option is set,
     chflags on a symbolic link always succeeds and has no effect.  The -H, -L
     and -P options are ignored unless the -R option is specified.  In addi‐
     tion, these options override each other and the command's actions are
     determined by the last one specified.

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

     chflags(2), stat(2), fts(3), symlink(7)

BSD				  May 2, 1995				   BSD

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