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October 10th, 2008

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01:33 pm - You want me to do what?
Another edition of "Strange and not-entirely-on UNIX commands":
chmod g+u filename
chmod isn't the only command I screw up. In fact, my worst offender is "find" followed closely by ls, but when I screw up the options for those, at least something happens; not what I wanted, but something. chmod is unique for me because it produces a situation in which the command not only doesn't do what I want, it doesn't do anything at all.

I have a mental image of the system looking me and thinking, "Huh?"
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Date:October 10th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem using the {u,g,o}{-,+}{r,w,x} notation of chmod -- I almost always type o+r when I mean u+r ("o" = "owner" in my mind instead of "others").

As a result, I've learned to use only the octal number form for changing permissions using 'chmod' so I don't screw up horribly.
Date:October 11th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
I honestly think everyone screws up chmod. Seriously. It's like a universal law of nature.

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