Resetting File or Folder Permissions Using Yum

While setting the group file or folder permissions and ownership to /var/www, sometimes we may accidentally update the wrong folder, like to the parent folder of /var instead of /var/www.

In order to restore the default file or folders permissions in RPM-based system, there is a built-in option to revert the changes quickly compare to DEB-based system. Yup, this is probably one of the missing feature if we compare both packaging system.

First, let's find the RPM package name that contains the /var/www/html folder.

Using the rpm command.
$ time rpm -qf /var/www/html
$ time rpm -qf /var/www/html
real    0m0.025s
user    0m0.018s
sys     0m0.006s

Using the yum command which gave us four packages and took around 1-plus BLOODY minutes.
$ time yum whatprovides '/var/www/html'
real    1m23.865s
user    0m19.660s
sys     0m0.901s

Now that is something we can improve by using cached result through -C option. Let's try again. But then again, the results are still not entirely accurate.
$ time yum -C whatprovides '/var/www/html'
real    0m0.350s
user    0m0.257s
sys     0m0.050s

$ ls -ld /var/www/html/
drwxr-sr-x 1 root apache 40 Oct  4 15:05 /var/www/html/

Unfortunately, yum does not include support for reverting ownership and permissions of any installed files or folders.

Reset the ownership,
$ sudo rpm --setugids httpd
$ ls -ld /var/www/html
drwxr-sr-x 1 root root 40 Oct  4 15:05 /var/www/html/

However, resetting the permissions does not seems to remove back the setguid flag. Weird. Unfortunately, I can't google for any good explanation of such problem.
$ sudo rpm --setugids httpd
$ ls -ld /var/www/html
drwxr-sr-x 1 root root 40 Oct  4 15:05 /var/www/html/

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