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Thread: BIG screw up. I "chmod 777 -r /" thinking I would give permissions to all my files

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    Re: BIG screw up. I "chmod 777 -r /" thinking I would give permissions to all my file

    Boot off a livecd, open a terminal and just copy the files with sudo:

    Code:
    sudo rsync -ai /home/ /path/to/external/directory/
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    Re: BIG screw up. I "chmod 777 -r /" thinking I would give permissions to all my file

    Thank you so much! I had to run:

    Code:
    sudo rsync -ai /media/myharddrive/home/ /path/to/external/directory/
    but it's all currently being copied over right now. I'll reinstall Ubuntu and never play with something I don't know about for a little while at least. haha

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    Re: BIG screw up. I "chmod 777 -r /" thinking I would give permissions to all my file

    You had your home folder on a separate hard drive?

    EDIT: Nevermind, I'm an idiot.

    Hopefully the copy goes smoothly.
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    Re: BIG screw up. I "chmod 777 -r /" thinking I would give permissions to all my file

    Quote Originally Posted by kroeze View Post
    Thank you so much! I had to run:

    Code:
    sudo rsync -ai /media/myharddrive/home/ /path/to/external/directory/
    but it's all currently being copied over right now. I'll reinstall Ubuntu and never play with something I don't know about for a little while at least. haha
    It might sound strange.. but

    Generally, messing things up on your system is a good way to learn.

    I have rendered my system unbootable many times in the beginning and it stills happens every now and again.

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