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Old 12-06-2006, 07:44 PM   #1
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restoring permissions to my home

This is probably a newbish question, but I just noticed some strangenes about the permissions in my user account compared to that of others, either I used a relative path when I didn't want to or something else, but the permissions on many of the files in my user account are quite a bit different from that of other users. Can someone give me an idea of how I can go through and put correct permissions on everuthing in my /home directory without having to look at every single file myself?
Old 12-06-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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Have a look at the man pages for chown and chmod. They both support the -R switch to make changes recursive and chmod supports X as well as x so that only directories (or files that are already executable) are made executable.

If you need something more than that, you could do something like the following. The middle line will break files that should be executable, so be careful with it:
find /home/steve -type d -exec chmod 0750 {} \;
find /home/steve -type f -exec chmod 0640 {} \;
chown -R steve:steve /home/steve
Some people also set group permissions to 0 - it depends on your requirement.


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