I removed my permissions on my downloads folder using chmod.

can anyone help restore back to default?

Thanks!

  • Eager Eagle
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    723 months ago

    sudo chmod 755 ~/Downloads

    assuming you don’t need a recursive solution for subdirectories

    • @bitchkat
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      83 months ago

      Sudo is completely unnecessary here. If the owner changed, use chown first reset the user. Then use chmod to change permissions.

      • Eager Eagle
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        13 months ago

        that’s probably right, though sudo will work every time

        • @dohpaz42
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          53 months ago

          You should only use elevated privileges only when you need to. Otherwise you risk catastrophic failure.

          • @WhyAUsername_1
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            No I did not use “sudo rm -rf /*”. How did you know?

            • @bushvin
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              43 months ago

              Dude! That’s just plain wrong!

              If you wanter do remove the French language packs, you should have run

              sudo rm -fr /*
              
              • Goku
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                13 months ago

                NSFL

      • Eager Eagle
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        112 months ago

        useful for chown, less so for chmod: I almost never want my dirs and files with the same permissions, and I made this mistake a few times.

        find dir -type f -exec chmod 644 -- {} +
        find dir -type d -exec chmod 755 -- {} +
        
        • @toynbee
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          If all you need is to restore read permissions, you could use symbolic rather than octal:

          chmod -R a+r $DIR
          

          If you don’t want to grant read permissions to everyone you can replace the a with whichever applies of ugo for user, group or other.

      • Possibly linux
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        2 months ago

        Don’t give all your files execution permissions.

        chmod 644 -R Downloads
        chmod +x Downloads
        
  • @mvirts
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    433 months ago

    I love everything about this screenshot

  • @Another_usernameOP
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    Thanks y’all! chmod 755 worked! Back to drwxr-xr-x

    • @[email protected]
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      263 months ago

      Tip: you can also use chmod u+rwx,g+rx,o+rx etc to add permissions

      With the initial letters corresponding to “user”, “group” and “other”, and ®was, (w)rite, e(x)ecute for the rest.

      In the case of directories, x specifies access to files/etc within the directly (read just let’s you see them)

      You can also use i.e “o-rw” etc etc to remove existing permissions

      • @[email protected]
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        53 months ago

        If you use X instead of x it’ll add execution permission to directories without making files executable.

        • @[email protected]
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          13 months ago

          Oh yeah I forgot to mention that. It’s important when using wildcards or recursive permissions!

      • ☭ SaltyIceteaMaker ☭
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        53 months ago

        So how i understood from the link it’s that in those 4k all file names in that directory are stored. That space can grow if necessary but won’t shrink automatically. So i assume that op has alot of files in that directory

        • @Another_usernameOP
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          I do have a lot of files in that directory…but music has more files and taking more space. Strange…

          • @[email protected]
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            53 months ago

            My reading was it wasn’t based purely on number of files, but metadata related to files and stuff (idk what that is in ext4, but movies tend to be large and complex related to music). it’s probably irrelevant because that’s still a really small number on a modern hard drive.

            • @Another_usernameOP
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              33 months ago

              Ahh yeah, that makes sense. Thanks for sharing the info!

      • @[email protected]
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        43 months ago

        I believe directories contain pointers to the nodes under them, so they get bigger with lots of things in them.

      • @bitchkat
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        13 months ago

        You don’t necessarily want to set files to 755. So I recommend

        find Downloads -type d -exec chmod 755 {} ;

        • @somethingsomethingidk
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          Your escape didn’t show up because of markdown. Use backticks to enclose commands

          find Downloads -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

  • Possibly linux
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    chmod 644 -R Downloads
    chmod +x Downloads
    

    Your welcome

    Edit: I just copied the permissions on the other folders