I have read this topic, which gave me some info but I feel I am not fully getting it. What does the execute permission actually mean on a folder? I fully understand what it means on a file, but on a folder.


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With the execute bit set you have the permission

  1. to cd into the directory
  2. Also for long listing ls -l i.e. to view the meta data of the files inside the directory (Provided that read permission is there for the directory.
  • Thanks. I know english is not my native language but even now, for me it is not that obvious that the doc means cd (and ls -l) are allowed, especially cd actually. But anyway, thanks a lot for the clarification then. +x permission on a folder means I can cd it. excellent! Aug 15, 2014 at 19:25
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    @UlrichDangel very correct, I've edited my answer. Aug 15, 2014 at 19:35

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