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What is the purpose of making a directory executable in Linux?

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What is the purpose of making a directory executable in Linux?
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A "directory" has to be executable to be "listable", as you are able to enter the directory (cd) and list its contents.
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The directory can still be listed at the parent level if it is not executable, however you won't be able to list the contents of that directory or go into the directory, itself.
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