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Old 06-14-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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chmod only directories

Hey how can I have chmod effect only directories? and how can I have it effect only files. I want to set a bunch of directories, and files permisions however I want to set them different permisions.

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This is something that find can help with. For example:
find /starting/point -type d -exec chmod -c 0755 {} \;
find /starting/point -type f -exec chmod -c 0644 {} \;
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It depends on the overall directory structure and which files you want to change. The solution above changes all files (or all directories) in the "/starting/point", but not below.

Other tools to consider:
ls -l|grep '^d' ___to list all directories in the current directory

ls -l|grep -v '^d' ___to list all files (not directories)

ls -lR|grep '^d' ___to list all directories in the current dir AND BELOW

chmod 777 `ls -l|grep '^d'`
___to change all directories in the current directory to 777 permissions

(Note the difference between single quote (') and backtick (`) )
Having the ls command in backticks is equivalent to the "-exec" approach


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