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3.16.2 Recursion

The recursion specifier tells cfengine what to do, starting from /directory name. A value of r=0 means `no recursion' and any checking is limited only to the named file or directory. A value of r=inf implies unlimited recursion. Cfengine then descends into all subdirectories checking or setting the permissions of files until it `bottoms out' at a plain file. A value such as R=4 means descend recursively into subdirectories, but no more than four levels. This is a useful safety net in preventing unforeseen accidents. A recursive search also bottoms out on device boundaries and symbolic links (provided the -l option is not used).

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