AFAIK the command to do this would be
chmod 644 Downloads, wouldn't it.
After doing that chmod, a
ls-lshows the folder's permissions are now "drw-r--r--", which sounds like the thing I wanted.
Except that all of a sudden I couldn't write anything into that folder! Neither Firefox, nor the Nemo file manger could write into it (no access).
Just to be sure, I did a
chmod 744 Downloads, the folder changed to "drwxr--r--" and after that I was able to write into it. You need "execute" permission to write a file? That's not normal, is it?
Has anyone a rational explanation to this?
As said in the title I'm on Mint 17.3 Cinnamon, the disk is ext4 and I'm indeed the owner (owner and group) of my home folder and everything in it.