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Friday, 17 July 2009

How to restore default system permissions on Red Hat, CentOs, Fedora

I recently came across a system which had some directories set to 777(recursively), the sysadmin needed to install an application and changed all the permissions!!!! a mess, I didn't know where to start, but one of my colleagues pointed that rpm has a parameter called --setperms and --setugids.

I created a one liner that does the job, it takes time but It works !!!!!

1) To reset uids and gids on files and directories :

for u in $(rpm -qa); do rpm --setugids $u; done

To permissions on files and directories

for p in $(rpm -qa); do rpm --setperms $p; done


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