Have a directory on a hard drive where I want to change all contents from owned by root to owned by tomc. I have tried Nemo, Krusader, and Nautilus (all launched as root, using sudo), all of which claim to be able to apply such changes recursively. None do, when I check after issuing the command.
So I now have a primary dir owned by user tomc which has subdirs owned by root. In each of those subdirs are hundreds of files whose ownership needs to be tomc but is root.
I could venture to try a chmod command, but looking into this the sheer complexity of it is intimidating and even dangerous. These are backup files I'm messing with, and while not irreplaceable, I do not have a copy nor room to make one.
Is there any easy way for me to achieve what I'm wanting? I certainly am not averse to working on the command line. It just seems like a GUI is safer and surely ought to work. But it does not.