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Recursive chmod all files and directories within the current directory

Terminal - Recursive chmod all files and directories within the current directory
find . -print -exec chmod 777 {} \;
2009-12-23 13:16:31
User: ringlerun
Functions: chmod find
-10
Recursive chmod all files and directories within the current directory

sometimes if directories are too deep, chmod -R fails... in those cases, a find comes in most handy :)

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Terminal - Alternatives
find . -exec chmod 777 {} \;
find . -name "*" -print0 | xargs -0 -I {} chmod 777 {}
2010-10-11 19:05:41
User: aardvark4
Functions: chmod find xargs
-7

This will handle the case that the filename has spaces or other characters that need to be escaped.

find | xargs chmod 777
chmod -R 774 .

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What others think

Use + instead of \; in -exec so that find launches many fewer chmod processes, and will thus run much faster. With \; you launch one chmod process per chmod() system call; that is very expensive.

Comment by bwoodacre 288 weeks and 3 days ago

spaces in filenames will be cause error

Comment by unixmonkey7588 288 weeks and 3 days ago

spaces won't cause issues... they are properly escaped...

Comment by ringlerun 288 weeks and 2 days ago

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