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Debian Administration: Rescuing a System with Massively Broken Filesystem Permissions

Dec 25, 2006, 05:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"There are times when people make mistakes, and manage to do crazy things to working systems. It wasn't so long ago that a hasty deletion caused me all kinds of problems. Recently I read of an unfortunate sysadmin who managed to recursively change permissions on their root filesystem - and here is my attempted solution.

"The problematic command was:

(none):~# chmod -R 777 /

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