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jfine on 10/14/10


file files chmod find xargs 644

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Chmod files recursively to 644

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-print0 and -0 are used to allow for spaces and other wacky chars in file names

  1. find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 644

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Posted By: laforge on October 14, 2010

You can try directly this:

find . -type f -exec chmod 644 '{}' \;

Posted By: jfine on May 24, 2012

That would work unless there are some really wacky filenames. That's the main reason I'm using the -print0 pattern.

See this URL for more info:

Posted By: jfine on May 24, 2012

xargs is also much faster.

Here are a couple other interesting links for those who care to dig deeper.
Linux: xargs vs. exec {}
find -exec cmd {} + vs | xargs

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