CHMOD Big Oops!
rosswerner at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 21:06:20 MDT 2006
On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 17:42:04 -0700, Michael Torrie <torriem at chem.byu.edu>
> On Wed, 2006-10-25 at 07:04 -0600, David D Turley wrote:
>> Any ideas before I spend several days rebuilding? Once again my name
>> gets added to the Linux Cautionary Tales list...<sigh!> Thanks again to
>> all the earlier responders!!!
> I did something very similar today, except my mistake was to chown the
> entire filesystem, which is just as bad.
Once (on a work machine) I had messed up the ownership of my home
directory, so I did
[ross at localhost ~]# chown ross.ross -R *
which successfully gave me back ownership of all files in my home
directory ... except for any dot-files. Oops! So I then did:
[ross at localhost ~]# chown ross.ross -R .*
Little did I realize that .* matches not only the normal dot-files, but
also "." and, more importantly, "..". Oops. Technically * matches .. too,
but I believe the shell zaps .. on a normal *, but doesn't for a ".*".
Live and learn, I guess!
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