[CoLoCo] fixperm for ubuntu?

David L. Willson DLWillson at TheGeek.NU
Tue Aug 26 18:26:38 BST 2008

What does fixperm do?  I know what I do when I want to fix perms on a tree, but I'm not 
sure if it's all that fixperm does.

This is what I do:
chown --recursive owner.group tree
find tree -xtype d -exec chmod 2770 {} \;
find tree -xtype f -exec chmod 0660 {} \;

That assumes that the system implements the user-private-group scheme, like Fedora and 
Ubuntu do.

On Tue, 26 Aug 2008 06:56:25 -0700 (PDT), Jeffrey LePage wrote
> I goofed and ran a script that did a recursive chown on some important 
> directories.
> It's a long sad story.  All I can say is don't do important sysadmin stuff at 
> 0300, and also beware of embedded spaces in directory names.
> Anybody know how to fix this?
> RPM-based distros have a utility called fixperm that helps recovery from this 
> sort of problem.  Does Ubuntu have something similar?  Maybe some arcane 
> feature of dpkg?
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