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Re: messed-up File Permissions

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 09:46:53PM -0500, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	I accidentally made all the files on my system owned by
> me and am trying to get them back to where they should be.
I did this about 2-3 weeks ago, although all to root (damned cold).

it was only a test machine, just going to build a new one machine
(virtual or real) and copy over the permission

> 	Is there any utility that at least gets all the system
> files back to proper ownership?
> 	Most everything was owned by root and changing
> everything  back to that except for user files was easy but the
> one thing that doesn't work from a user account is su -
> 	Originally, auth.log reported that unix_ckpwd wasn't
> happy and I got that application set back to its correct
> permission, but pam_unix still complains. The libraries are set
> right, but somewhere is a file with the wrong ownership and no
> clue as to what it is.
> 	The /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow files are right.
> 	Is there either a utility that will complain or fix the
> permissions?
> 	Surely I am not the first person to do something stupid
> like this.
> 	su does work from root to a user ID but not in reverse.
> Somewhat embarrassed,
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Telecommunications Services Group
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