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Remove executable bit from all files in the current directory recursively, excluding other directories

Terminal - Remove executable bit from all files in the current directory recursively, excluding other directories
find . ! -type d -exec chmod -x {}\;
2009-11-08 21:27:08
User: drashkeev
Functions: chmod find
Remove executable bit from all files in the current directory recursively, excluding other directories

Useful if you have copied files from an OS without a permission structure (for example, DOS) and you need to disable all executable files but want to be able to descend into your directories.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
chmod -R -x+X *
chmod -R u=rw-x+X,g=r-x+X,o= .
2010-07-16 18:42:00
User: donnoman
Functions: chmod
Tags: bash Ubuntu

forces user to rw, group to r, and other to no access.

files will not be marked executable.

directories will be executable for users and groups only.

find . -type f -exec chmod 640 {} ';'
find . -type f -exec chmod a-x {} \;
find . -type f | while read f; do chmod -x "$f"; done
2009-11-09 04:30:44
User: alesplin
Functions: chmod find read

I hate -exec with find, and this pattern quickly expands to other tasks.

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What others think

In the -exec option (if your version of find supports it) use + in place of \; so that find will launch many fewer chmod processes and be WAY faster if you are chmod'ing many files.

Comment by bwoodacre 342 weeks and 1 day ago

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