Applyed a command to the wrong directory... How bad it is?

March 4, 2015 509 views
Apache Linux Basics WordPress Ubuntu

So, I'm completely new to Linux and VPS in general but so far I'm quite pleased with the experience, the thing is that I'm not the most avid linux user -duh!- so with that in mind I'm prone to making mistakes...

My problem is that I was following this guide and this one and for whatever reason my session timed out and had to reconnect... and I continued with the guide and did not check the directory I was in once I logged back... home... and applied this command at that location "sudo chown www-data:www-data * -R" ... so my question is... How bad it is? Do I screwed the VM? Is there a way to undo that command? Back to square one and learn from my mistakes ? :P

I used a secondary user with sudo privileges as per the initial configuration setup guide.


2 Answers

Assuming you had logged in as root you would have run this command in /root. While there are some places in the filesystem where running this command could have major issues luckily everything under /root is owned by the root user so a single command can put things back how they were.

chown -Rf root /root


I ran the command using a secondary account account at the default location (/home/AdminAcc). This user has sudo privileges.

Would this command "chown -Rf AdminAcc /AdminAcc" do the same as the one you posted but for my user?


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