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What is the difference between %attr and %defattr and are the rights applied recursively to a file structure delivered by an rpm?

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%defattr is a blanket for which its attributes will be applied across all files listed, while %attr is for specifying attributes only for a single file.

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%defattr, as the name implies, is the default attributes for all files in the package. What do mean by "applied recursively"? If you use a directory name, it will be used for all the files in the directory.

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