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I have a directory with the following default ACLs:


However, none of the files/directories in that directory have that default permission (because it was added after they were created).

How can I copy the default ACLs of a parent directory to every folder and file in it?

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Use getfacl to get the default permissions from the directory and then pipe the result into setfacl to apply it. Something like this should work:

getfacl -d <directory> | setfacl -R --set-file=- <directory>
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Thanks, Tom! That worked incredibly well! – hopeseekr Jul 1 '11 at 12:29
Thanks again, @TomH! I've been using this nifty trick for 5 years exactly now!! And today, my question just got the Nice Question badge. Woohoo! – hopeseekr May 22 at 22:55

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