[CentOS] chmod for directories only

Filipe Brandenburger filbranden at gmail.com
Mon Dec 1 18:37:48 UTC 2008


On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 12:53, Robert Moskowitz <rgm at htt-consult.com> wrote:
> I want to change the permissions on directories, recursively to:
> drwxr-xr-x
> but keep the files within the directory tree as:
> -rw-r--r--
> But I can't find an option for chmod to only affect directories.  I suppose
> it won't hurt (in this case) to set the x for the files, but I want some
> consistancy.

You can use chmod +X, it will work if your files are already not
executable. +X will keep the executable bit for the ones that already
executable (directories) but not set it for who doesn't have it.

You can use something like: chmod -R a+rX,u+w,go-w .

Of course, if your files have the executable bit set and you want to
remove it, it won't work for you, in that case you should use the find
| xargs chmod solution that was posted already.


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