Recursively change permissions on files, leave directories alone.

find ./ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

2009-04-22 21:14:36

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Bad performance. Try it yourself. First: Create some files for n in `seq 1 1 1000`; do touch $n; done Bad: time find ./ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \; real 0m2.726s user 0m1.050s sys 0m1.673s Better: time find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 644 real 0m0.061s user 0m0.014s sys 0m0.040s
OJM · 657 weeks and 5 days ago
If your version of "find" supports it, then there is no need to pipe to xargs... find ./ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} +
Resolution · 657 weeks and 4 days ago
Yeah, seconded what Resolution said. -exec cmd {} + should be used in lieu of the -exec cmd {} \; option whenever possible, as it provides the xargs behavior without the additional pipe and process of using xargs, and without the per-argument command invocation overhead of -exec cmd {} \; .
bwoodacre · 657 weeks and 4 days ago
another thing: you'd think that this would be an option when using chmod -R since it's a simple operation to distinguish files and directories.
bwoodacre · 657 weeks and 4 days ago
Only thing is when using the xargs trick is command length. If there are too many files, one has to resort to a stright up exec like the original command has.
hank · 657 weeks and 2 days ago
If it is speed you want: Create files: for n in `seq 1 1 1000`; do touch $n; done time find ./ -type f | awk '{printf("chmod 644 %s\n", $1)}' | sh 0.00user 0.00system 0:00.01elapsed 70%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k 0inputs+0outputs (0major+318minor)pagefaults 0swaps
mpb · 657 weeks ago
`xargs` is the proper UNIX way. Think Parallel.
asmoore82 · 650 weeks and 4 days ago
Since this is usually used to remove the x from files, one can also use: chmod -R a-x,a+X ./ This removes the x bit from all files and puts it back on folders ;)
assarbad · 509 weeks and 6 days ago
This is one of the many reasons I switched to zsh. You can do the same thing with: chmod 644 **/*(.) To change directory perms: chmod 755 **/*(/)
Vilemirth · 476 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 1 week and 3 days ago

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