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Cascading Permissions

Posts: 716
Registered: 18-09-2007

Cascading Permissions

I have installed Ubuntu quite successfully.

However when moving from windows, i backed-up all my required data - and successfully copied it to my home dir.

Now there is literally thousands of files, and i do own them all in ermissions, but write access is not enabled on them.

Can anyone show me a command to change the permissions of my files to give me write access to - all of them in the one go?

It either this or change the permission of each file individually - which would just be soul destroying.
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Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

Cascading Permissions

chmod -R 755 <directory name>

This will recurse down <directoryname> changing all files and directories it finds to 755 permissions.

You can also do a recursive change of owner & group with

chown -R <directoryname>

Also see CGI: UNIX file permissions