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Hi! I recently backed up my home directory on my system with about 200 users using cp -rf /home /root. I recently had the entire old /home directory deleted. Now I issue the cp -rf /root/home /home command and it seems that all the files and directories now belong to the group root and owner group. Is there any way that I can restore ownership to respective owners without using chown on each directory.
You will have to 'chown' each directory, since your copying reset all ownership.
Just write a shell script that will recurse each home directory and based on the home directory name, reset all the ownership.
For example ONLY, something similar to the following... (be careful)
for u in `ls /home`
chown $u:$u -R /home/$u/*
I tried your recursive script with no luck. Is it something I am doing wrong?
I simply named the script permiss and cut and paste your script above into it. I then gave it execute permissions and used sh permiss to execute it. However I get the following:
[root@localhost root]# sh permiss
chown: `ageraldo:ageraldo': invalid user
chown: `cvyas:cvyas': invalid group
chown: `dmartin01:dmartin01': invalid group
chown: `dsmith01:dsmith01': invalid group
chown: `ediaz:ediaz': invalid user
chown: `Ejanjua:Ejanjua': invalid user
chown: `fdiaz01:fdiaz01': invalid group
chown: failed to get attributes of `/home/gisrael/*': No such file or directory
chown: `goddo:goddo': invalid user
chown: `ianwar:ianwar': invalid group
chown: `mhernandez04:mhernandez04': invalid user
chown: failed to get attributes of `/home/obou/*': No such file or directory
chown: `rrosemin:rrosemin': invalid group
chown: `Sscott:Sscott': invalid user