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Old 02-25-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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chown -R


I am trying to change the permissions of all subdirectories and files a directory mydir, included all files in all the subdirectorie. The command chown -R mydir don't suffice, as most of the subdirectories and files start with a . and/or contains whitespace. Any suggestions?

Old 02-25-2004, 12:12 PM   #2
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What version of chown are you using? if I run chown -R username:groupname mydir/ it works on all files... including . files. I just tried it.
Old 02-25-2004, 12:19 PM   #3
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to give everyone write permission:

chmod -R a+w mydir

Edit: this assumes that you *really* want to change permissions, not ownership

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Old 02-25-2004, 01:02 PM   #4
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Yes, you are right, chown -R newowner:newgrp mydir/ does it. That's what I thought I used in the first place, so I must have had a typo (I often do...). Thanks anyway.


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