[jp] Cannot delete/home/bob/.jpilot/Backup/Archive_2003-xx-xxfiles

Paul Gear paul at gear.dyndns.org
Sun Mar 23 15:39:29 EST 2003

David A. Desrosiers wrote:

>>That would be better:
>>    chown -R bob:users .
>>in case there are dot files in the directory, and a non-GNU version of
>>chown is in use.
>	This is lethal, and should _NEVER_ be used like this, because '.'
>and '..' are subdirectories, but are also the parent and cwd, which means
>you'll recursively change permissions _UPWARD_, which is definately not what
>you want, unless you want the entire system from root on down to be owned by

chown knows about .. and doesn't touch it.  I don't know on what system 
this gave you problems, but it's never done anything the slightest bit 
wrong on every version of Unix i've ever tried (although Linux, HP-UX, & 
Solaris are the only ones i've touched lately).

>>And that would be much better:
>>    find . -type d -print0 | xargs --null chmod 0755
>	You're right, for directories with spaces in the filenames, this is
>preferred. I don't like xargs though, it can blindly do things you might not
>want, and I avoid it at all costs, if I have to.

I don't like writing scripts that don't handle spaces in the filenames, 
and avoid them at all costs.  Like all Unix commands, xargs does exactly 
what you tell it to do.  :-)  I don't see how you can think the above 
command more risky than your version...


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