Recursively change permissions on files, leave directories alone.

find /var/www/ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 644
xargs is a more elegant approach to executing a command on find results then -exec as -exec is meant as a filtering flag.

2013-03-28 11:10:30

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Alyssalauren · 25 weeks and 4 days ago
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Kaitlyn · 9 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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