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Old 12-23-2003, 06:49 PM   #1
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what are the default permissions


Hello, welcome to a noob disaster!

I am running RedHat 8 and I did something terrible. I was trying to set directory permissions for someone and their webfiles and by accident i put something like chown blah:blah /* not realizing what i typed until after i pressed enter.

So to *attempt* to fix this, I chown root:root /* to put it back... THEN realizing that, oh ya the system has different ownerships probably deeper in the system somewhere...and now my mysql doesn't work. and I fear other things might stop working. ACK!

ONLY a noobie like me could do this!

All I need is a list of the stock permissions that RedHat 8 comes with or find out how to fix this.... other than reformatting and starting over...

if i had to reformat and start over... i cant connect to my mysql to get my databases out is there a way to retrieve them? ARGH!!

thanks so much for any help
 
Old 12-23-2003, 09:04 PM   #2
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GOOD NEWS....

unless you passed -r or -R as a parameter to chown (r for recursive)
then only the files and folders directly in / have been modified.
non of the sub directories hav been touched...

so the command chown root /* will fix it
 
Old 12-23-2003, 09:05 PM   #3
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ohh, and you havent changed any permissions...
chmod changes permissions, you just changed the files ownership.

everything is owned by root (except whats in your /home/ directory) and maybe a few /tmp/ and /var/ stuff (not important)
 
Old 12-24-2003, 12:05 AM   #4
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oh wow, that all? i'm glad root owns everything haha

still...mysql decided not to start... so i went and reformatted anyway

though, this is still really good to know

thanks
 
Old 12-25-2003, 07:50 AM   #5
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lol yeah....

i know its wrong, but when it takes 20 mins to do a complete re-install and
re-configure of linux, there's not much point in spending half an hour fixing it
(unless you wanna learn, but im lazy)
 
  


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