CHROOT(8)               NetBSD System Manager's Manual               CHROOT(8)

NAME
     chroot -- change root directory

SYNOPSIS
     chroot [-G group,group,...] [-g group] [-u user] newroot [command]

DESCRIPTION
     The chroot command changes its root directory to the supplied directory
     newroot and exec's command, or, if not supplied, an interactive copy of
     your shell.

     If the -u, -g, or -G options are given, the user, group, and group list
     of the process are set to these values after the chroot has taken place;
     see setgid(2), setgroups(2), setuid(2), getgrnam(3), and getpwnam(3).

     Note: command or the shell are run as your real-user-id.

ENVIRONMENT
     The following environment variable is referenced by chroot:

     SHELL  If set, the string specified by SHELL is interpreted as the name
            of the shell to exec.  If the variable SHELL is not set, /bin/sh
            is used.

SEE ALSO
     ldd(1), chdir(2), chroot(2), environ(7)

HISTORY
     The chroot utility first appeared in 4.4BSD.

SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS
     chroot should never be installed setuid root, as it would then be possi-
     ble to exploit the program to gain root privileges.

NetBSD 6.0                      August 13, 2011                     NetBSD 6.0

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