Is there a way to recursively change the access rights of a specific folder to 755 and files to 644 Without using the find function and having sub-directories in that folder (don't want to change those) ?

Currently I'm using chmod 755 -r folderName/

using find I think its something like that :

find /specific_folder/ -type f -print | xargs chmod 644

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You can do it this way:

chmod -R a=rX,u+w folderName

For CentOs the command is:

chmod -R a=rx,u+w folderName

But it will rewrite subdirectory permissions. As the consequence: you cannot do what you want with just chmod.

  • will that only work on files ? what about sub-directories .. i dont want to change their permissions – Tarek Jun 29 '11 at 11:30
  • yes, it does work for sub-directories as well. – akond Jun 29 '11 at 11:32
  • just tried that and it doesn't work – Tarek Jun 29 '11 at 11:43
  • You mean doesn't work at all or what? – akond Jun 29 '11 at 11:45
  • yes it doesn't work at all – Tarek Jun 29 '11 at 11:52

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