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Old 07-16-2001, 10:22 AM   #1
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Question permissions?

I was wondering what command line would be used to change the permissions of a directory and all its files/subdirectories to 755.

i used chown but had no luck....

Old 07-16-2001, 10:54 AM   #2
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it would be something like this:
chmod 755 /filename-here
man chmod for more details and options for doing all subdirectories... can't remember off the top of my head at the moment.
Old 07-16-2001, 11:05 AM   #3
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Is this to make files available for your web server? If so you might want to have a look at a little Perl script that I use... It will chmod your files and dirs, 711 for dirs, 755 for cgi files and 644 for the rest.

#!/usr/local/bin/perl -w
# A little program to chmod all files to in the current directory and
# sub-directories to public readable and executable as necessary.  All
# directories are set to 711, this EXCLUDES the current directory (.),
# all .cgi, .class, .prl file are changed to 755, all remaining files are
# changed to 644.

use File::Find;

@ARGV = ('.') unless @ARGV;

find(\&process_file, @ARGV);

sub process_file {

   if ( -d ) {
     chmod 0711, "$_";
     print("chmod'ed $_/ to 711\n");

   if ( /\.cgi$|\.prl$|\.class$|\.pl/i ) {
     chmod 0755, "$_"; 
     print("chmod'ed $_ to 755\n");
   else {
     chmod 0644, "$_" ;
     print("chmod'ed $_ to 644\n");


PS Damn the forum double spacing the code makes it look bad! (in Opera)

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