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Problems using zip

Posted on 2004-03-29
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I'm trying to zip a directory into a zip file (and all sub dirs and files in the that dir)

I can get it to zip fine, but it stores the directory structure BEFORE the root location of the zip.

Example:
zip myfile.zip E:\www\mydir\ziphere

It zips from the E:, not from the ziphere, so when I extract the file I get the root folders... www then mydir then finally ziphere... that doens't work for my needs (moving zip file one machin to the next) how do I suporess the storing of this early dir structure *but maintain the strucutre beyond my root)?

thanks
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Question by:happydog234
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by:happydog234
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To clarify, I'm not getting the content of those folders before the ziproot, but I'm getting the simplest dir strucuture,
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
ID: 10706788
I have not used zip in a while, so I first have to check if there is a command line option to allow this. One option that will definitely work is to first cd to the "ziphere" directory and use something like this:

cd E:\www\mydir\ziphere
zip myfile.zip .

Or, if you want ziphere to be the first element:
cd e:\www\mydir
zip myfile.zip ziphere
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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 500 total points
ID: 10706911
Actually, make this
zip -r myfile.zip .
or
zip -r myfile.zip *

If your want all directories below ziphere, you need to specify the -r switch.

After reading the manpage, it does not look like you can ingore part of the path (you can however junk the directory information completey with the -j flag), so doing the cd is your only option.
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by:happydog234
ID: 10707432
Many thanks- it worked!

[Hangs head in shame].  I can't believe I didn't think of changing the directory...
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