Apply permissions only to files

chmod 644 $(find . -type f)
To apply only to dirs: chmod 755 $(find . -type d) Use -R parameters for recursive walk.

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By: takeshin
2010-06-10 07:57:53

What Others Think

Could get an arguments too long error.
kaedenn · 435 weeks and 6 days ago
Very cool! I'm curious though about how many files can be passed to chmod this way as args.. this is recursive after all.. I would prefer xargs like: find . -type f -print0 2>/dev/null |xargs -0 -I'{}' chmod 644 '{}'
AskApache · 435 weeks and 6 days ago
I usually use built-in reverse of this: chmod a+X makes directories readable without making files executable.
pornel · 435 weeks and 6 days ago
Correct me if I'm wrong but find, by very nature is recursive; adding the -R operator to chmod would be redundant.
sudopeople · 435 weeks and 6 days ago
Hmm, xargs is way too long ;-) why not find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \; ?
oernii2 · 435 weeks and 6 days ago

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