I am trying to recursively change file permissions in a wordpress installation affecting everything below the public_html document root folder, excluding certain folders.
I have set extglob on with
shopt -s extglob
When I run the following command it fails to exclude the folder I want it to exclude
ls -R -alh ./public_html/!(*uploads*) | grep uploads
The above lists numerous files in the uploads folder -- it should not list any.
Of course the command above is only a test; I'll be using
chmod in the actual script.
I have tried numerous different combinations and all have failed; for example, the following:
ls -R -alh ./public_html/!(wp-content/uploads*)
ls: cannot access ./public_html/!(wp-content/uploads*): No such file or directory
This is my first attempt to use exclusions with shell commands and I might be making a simple mistake.
Any ideas what I am doing wrong?
Please note: the purpose of the question is to better understand extglob rather than find alternatives. I can script alternatives but as I have never used extglob before I am having trouble understanding the syntax.