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nox171 16th February 2007 12:35

Wrong chmod!!
Hi everybody,

I'm a little bit in trouble guys!
I was changing permission on a folder to compleate an installation (joomla)
I type in this command:
chown -R -v -f web22_xxxxx:web22 /*
:eek: In this way I changed a lot of files and folder permissions!!
I would like to change only the permission on 1 specific folder (the web folder).
I'm not a linux expert, I'm only trying to do the best of myself...

By the way when I realized that the command was wrong it was to late!!
The command run only for few seconds but now I can't log on my ISPConfig admin console!
I receive this error:

Warning: include(../lib/ [function.include]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/admispconfig/ispconfig/web/login.php on line 30

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening '../lib/' for inclusion (include_path='.:') in /home/admispconfig/ispconfig/web/login.php on line 30

Warning: require_once(login/lib/lang/.lng) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/admispconfig/ispconfig/web/login.php on line 31

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'login/lib/lang/.lng' (include_path='.:') in /home/admispconfig/ispconfig/web/login.php on line 31

The only modified folders that I can see in the console (putty) are with this path

changed ownership of `/home/admispconfig/ispconfig/web/phpmyadmin/themes/original/img/b_lastpage.png' to web22_xxxxxx:web22

Do you know if exists an easy way to go back??
I really don't know what I can do!

Please help, :( :eek:


martinfst 16th February 2007 12:37


chown -R -v -f web22_xxxxx:web22 /*
This effectively started your command from the top level root directory. Everything is now changed. There is almost no way to recover except a complete reinstall. Sorry.

nox171 16th February 2007 12:41

do you know in which way it start to edit the permission?
Starting in alphabetic order or something like that?

I have another server that have the same installation.
Perhaps I can try to change again the permission one by one spotting them on the other server.
The problem is that I need to know where to start... :(

Also can you tell me the right command to edit the permission on one specific folder?


alexillsley 16th February 2007 12:41

You could try setting the owner to root, do know if it would work:rolleyes:

nox171 16th February 2007 12:44

I would try to recover the situation... not destroy everything... Actually i wouldn't like to re-install again!

nox171 16th February 2007 12:50

looking to the other server I can see the folders where I've changed the permission.

Now I'd like to know the right command to edit permission...


martinfst 16th February 2007 13:02

chown normally starts with the lowest numbered i-node. See this as a unique identifier. The way i-nodes are numbered differ from system to system, even if you use the same installation/distro.

If you want to compare everything manually, open three ssh sessions, one to your working system (system A), two to your corrupted system (system B). Type

cd /
ls -al | less

on screen of system A and one screen of system B. Compare each and every line. On the second screen of system B, use

chown right_user.right_group <full file name>
to set the owner/group correctly.
Do all this as user 'root'. Be prepared to work on this for about two days, depending how much you installed.

nox171 16th February 2007 13:15

Right thanks
I've just started.

I found something like that:

server1:/bin # chown root:root /bin/*
server1:/bin # ls -la
total 6224
drwxr-xr-x  2 root            root    4096 Dec 10 20:23 .
drwxr-xr-x  20 root            root    4096 Jul 17  2006 ..
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    3472 Sep 13  2005 arch
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root  110912 Sep  9  2005 ash
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root  584652 Sep  9  2005 ash.static
lrwxrwxrwx  1 web22_xxxxxxx web22      4 Jul  6  2006 awk -> gawk
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    15168 Jan 31  2006 basename
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root  490716 Sep  9  2005 bash
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    19220 Jan 31  2006 cat
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    37020 Jan 31  2006 chgrp
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    36044 Jan 31  2006 chmod
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    40284 Jan 31  2006 chown
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    5000 Sep  9  2005 chvt
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    61548 Jan 31  2006 cp
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root  100480 Apr 27  2006 cpio
lrwxrwxrwx  1 web22_xxxxxxx web22      4 Jul  9  2006 csh -> tcsh
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    47368 Jan 31  2006 date
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    44748 Jan 31  2006 dd
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    5472 Sep  9  2005 deallocvt
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    38696 Jan 31  2006 df
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root            root    5140 Sep 13  2005 dmesg
lrwxrwxrwx  1 web22_xxxxxxx web22      8 Jul  6  2006 dnsdomainname -> hostname

lrwxrwxrwx 1 web22_xxxxxx web22 4 Jul 6 2006 sh -> bash

using this command:

chown root:root /bin/*
As you can see that folders whit this symbol ->, (are them folders? ) don't change the permission to root...

Do you know why?

martinfst 16th February 2007 13:28

-> indicate a symbolic link, a pointer to the actual file. To change the symbolic link owner/group add the -h flag:

chown -h root:root /bin/filename
Please stop using the asterix '*'to address files. It will expand to every file in the /bin directory (in this example). Using the * constantly will bring you further and further away from solving this. Use the real and full path name. Example: /usr/bin/vi. Nothing less.

nox171 19th February 2007 12:18

Thank you guys for your quick help!

After 2 full days of work my ISPconfig is again online!!


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