recursive reset file/dir perms

find public_html/stuff -type d -exec chmod 755 {} + -or -type f -exec chmod 644 {} +
Good for fixing web permissions. You might also want to do something like this and skip files or directories that begin with a period: find public_html/stuff -not -name ".*" \( -type d -exec chmod 755 {} + -o -type f -exec chmod 644 {} + \) ...or include a special case for scripts: find public_html/stuff -type d -exec chmod 755 {} + -or -type f -name "*.pl" -exec chmod 755 {} + -or -exec chmod 644 {} +

2009-07-26 11:10:10

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You can do this a *lot* easier with zsh. Assuming that you're already in your public_html directory: chmod 755 **/*(/) chmod 644 **/*(.) The first command adjusts directories, the second one adjusts plain files. If you already know that directories have the x bit sets (and plain files don't), you can adjust all the other bits like this: chmod -R u+rw,og=u-w That last command doesn't use zsh features, so it should work with any standard shell. It adds "rw"to the user's (i.e. owner's) permissions, then copies them to the group's and others' permissions while removing the "w" bit.
inof · 674 weeks 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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