How to fix broken permissions on /etc, Accidentally ran chmod -R 755 /etc Ubuntu

I would just like to achieve enough functionality to transfer my Postgres database from this droplet to another one since /etc’s permissions are severely broken and I’ve been recommended by everyone to try and recover as much as possible and just rebuild the droplet

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In addition to what has been mentioned, if this is still not working, it would be best to revert to a working backup as described here:



hi @kodakay,

Well, it won’t be universal for all files and folders but you can try to chmod the permissions of each file to 644 and each folder to 755. You can achieve this by running:

  1. find /etc -type d -exec chmod 0755 {} \;
  2. find /etc -type f -exec chmod 0644 {} \;