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I have a 30GB website, with loads of folders, and files. I want all the folders to have the permission 745 and all the files to have 644. I tried using chmod -R 745 public_html/ but all the sub files get that permission. How can I change all the folders (only) to this permission with chmod?

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Unless you delibaretely not want the group members to access the directory (will be a unusual case), you should use 755 for directories.

You can use find.

For files :

find /path/to/public_html/ -type f -exec chmod 0644 {} +

For directories (using 755) :

find /path/to/public_html/ -type d -exec chmod 0755 {} +
  • -type f will only find the files and execute chmod 0644 accordingly

  • -type d will find the directories only and execute chmod 0755 on them.

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