find returns unusable result

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Wed Feb 28 23:57:06 UTC 2007

--On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 17:16:35 -0600 Josh Tolbert 
<hemi at> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 05:12:58PM -0600, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>> I'd like to cron a process that looks at a certain folder every day and
>> changes the perms on a directory if they aren't what I want.
>> Unfortunately, the people creating the folders are Windows folks using
>> WinSCP, and so they create folders with spaces in them.  (E.g. Day 1,
>> Day  2, etc.)
>> I thought I could just do this:
>> chmod 755 `find /path/to/dirs -type d`
>> but find returns a directory name of Day, Day, Day, which (obviously)
>> doesn't work.
>> > From the cli, find returns the actual directory name.
>> How can I get find to return the dirs correctly in a script?  Or is
>> there  some other way to do this that would work?
> find /path/to/dirs -type d -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 755
Thanks, Josh.  That worked exactly as I wanted.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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