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access Linux Command Reference Example: access command man page


access - determine whether a file can be accessed


access -mode file


Exit successfully if file can be accessed with the specified mode. mode is one or more letters of rwx, where r is for readable, w is for writable, and x is for executable.

The difference between access and test is that the latter looks at the permission bits, while the former checks using the access(2) system call. This makes a difference when file systems have been mounted read-only.


access accepts the following additional options:

Print help message and exit.

Print version information and exit.

by Susan White on Mon, 10/18/2010 - 08:07

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