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Old 01-28-2012
Change chmod on files in diff directories

I am looking for a small script to crawl through several directories and change a couple of files in each directory to read write status.

Anyone have any ideas ?
# 2  
Old 01-28-2012
Your specifications are a bit vague. Anyway,
find ./ -name "test*" -type f | xargs chmod 777

This would find all files starting with "test" in the current directory and its sub-directories and change their permissions to -rwxrwxrwx.
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Old 01-29-2012
Thanks balajesuri.

I haven't seen xargs before. Is that a part of older UNIX languages or something from linux?

So just to elaborate a touch.

find /var/opt/mydir -name "*abc*" type -f | xargs 777

This would change the chmod on every file containing "abc" in mydir and mydir's subdirectories.

What is the alternative to xargs if xargs is not available.

Last edited by methyl; 01-29-2012 at 02:13 PM.. Reason: please user code tags
# 4  
Old 01-29-2012
Use -exec available in find

# 5  
Old 01-29-2012
Every character counts in Shell syntax.
balajesari's post:
find ./ -name "test*" -type f | xargs chmod 777

your post has introduced two syntax errors
find /var/opt/mydir -name "*abc*" type -f | xargs 777

The -exec version would be
find /var/opt/mydir -name "*abc*" -type f -exec chmod 777 {} \;

It's hard to think of a mainstream unix/Linux which does not have "xargs", but when posting on this forum please mention what Operating System and version you have and what Shell you prefer.

Off topic. There is never a reason to set a file's permissions to 777 . It is a security nightmare.
There is sometimes a reason to set a directory to permissions 777 , but even then 1777 is generally safer.
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Old 01-29-2012
OK thanks guys. I got it to work the way I need.
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