I accidentally changed the ownership on my debian web server in /usr/bin and the permissions are no longer root root but instead USER root. How do I get this back everything I am finding says to restart it but I don't know how to do that through the Google Compute Engine. How do I fix this so I can use sudo?


Check affected files: ls -lahR /usr/bin/ | grep -v " root root"

Fix it pkexec chown -R "root:root" /usr/bin/.

pkexec - Execute a command as another user.

(from the pkexec manpage)

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