Changing permissions for a group of files via nautilus
alex at ourwoods.org
Fri Oct 7 03:15:47 UTC 2005
Stephen R Laniel said the following on 10/6/2005 11:01 PM:
>On Thu, Oct 06, 2005 at 10:53:03PM -0400, Richard Querin wrote:
>>subfolders and files it contains. I understand how to give ownership and write
>>permissions on the individual files to my username while I'm root, however I
>>can only modify these on a file by file basis. If I highlight a group of files
>>in Nautilus, the permission and ownership properties cannot be changed.
>The properties probably can't be changed in Nautilus because
>1) they're owned by root and
>2) you're not logged in as root.
>To do anything to a file that root owns, you need to have
>root permissions. In Ubuntu, the way you do this is with the
>sudo command. Have you learned about sudo? In brief, this is
>what you'd do at the command line:
>sudo chmod -R [permissions] [directory name]
>where '[permissions]' is something like 'u+r' (give the
>owner of the directory Read access to it), 'ug+w' (give
>owner and group Write access), etc. Let me know if you need
>more detail on this aspect of it; all of this stuff is
>(albeit cryptically) in the man page for chmod.
>>I'm trying to do this via nautilus and the properties dialog. If it's quicker
>>to do from the terminal, please let me know either way.
>If you weren't changing files owned by root, it would be
>super-straightforward and probably just as fast in Nautilus
>as at the command line: in Nautilus, right-click on the
>folder, go down to Properties, and go to the Permissions
>tab. You should see everything you need in there.
You might also just change ownership of the files and folders to
sudo chown -R dirname yourusername:yourgroupname
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