How do I determine if CHOWN is restricted on my system

Whenever I try to chown a file, I get "Not Owner"

Running on Solaris 8
paynestreetAsked:
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brettmjohnsonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you are not root, you can only change ownership of files you own.
[root (or superuser) can change ownership of files owned by others.]
If you are a sudoer, you can use sudo to run chown.

sudo chown me someone_elses_file ...

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paynestreetAuthor Commented:
I can't even do it on my own files
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TintinCommented:
brettmjohnson probably made a typo above.

I suspect he meant "you can only change *permission* of files you own"

Short answer is you need root privs to change ownership.
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brettmjohnsonCommented:
I made no typo.  You can only change owner of file you own [unless you are root].
Otherwise you could change ownership of someone else's file to yourself, then change permissions on the file you stole.


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TintinCommented:
What circumstances/system can a non-root user change ownership on a file owned by themselves to someone else?

I certainly can't think of any circumstance where that can occur.
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ahoffmannCommented:
> I can't even do it on my own files
only root can (in Solaris 6 and later)
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TintinCommented:
ahoffman.

Are you implying that Solaris 2.5.1 and lower allows non-root users to change ownership of their files?  Certainly news to me.

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ahoffmannCommented:
Tintin, not sure when the change was, but in eraly versions (as well as in SunOS) chown by the owner was possible, at least if it was a local filesystem.
IMHO, this was a nice feature 'cause you could give away a file.
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